U.S. state or federal constitution defined by topic.
Constitution of the United States
The United States Constitution originally consisted of seven articles.
- Article I establishes the legislative branch of the government, the House of Representatives and the Senate, and outlines the powers granted to each house of Congress.
- Article II establishes the presidency and the executive branch of the federal government.
- Article III establishes the role of the Supreme Court and the judicial branch of the federal government.
- Article IV outlines the "full faith and credit clause" requiring each state to recognize the laws of other states. The Fourth Article also guarantees that citizens of one state are entitled to the "privileges and immunities" of every other state.
- Article V outlines the procedures required to amend the Constitution.
- Article VI contains the Supremacy Clause and requires all federal, state and local officials to take an oath to support the Constitution.
- Article VII provided the procedure for ratifying the Constitution.