In 1789, the Constitution of the United States superseded the Articles of Confederation to become the country’s supreme law, which remains today much celebrated for its design that separates governmental powers to protect both majority rule and minority rights. Originally comprising seven Articles that delineate the national framework, the Constitution has since been amended just twenty-seven times in its long history—the first ten of which, known as the Bill of Rights, enshrine freedoms cherished (as in the First Amendment) and controversial (as in the Second). Our discussion of the Constitution will begin by looking at the promise of its Preamble, reading through the Articles detailing the organization of the government, and reflecting on the history of its Amendments.
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Photo: Cover U.S. Constitution © Mark Olival-Bartley
This month’s meeting will take place in person at Amerikahaus. To participate in the meeting, wearing a surgical or FFP-2 mask is required for the duration of the meeting. Please note that this policy differs from the general rules for entering the Amerikahaus, and it has been put in place at the request of the Amerikahaus Literary Circle’s leader and a number of regular members to the group. The mask requirement begins for meeting participants upon entering the lecture room on the ground floor of the Amerikahaus. We thank you for your understanding.
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