United States Constitution/Preamble

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The preamble to the Constitution of the United States is a single sentence that introduces the document and its goals. American children are often given the task to memorize this as they begin learning about the government, and many of its phrases are easily recognized as bits of American culture 200 years later.

Text of the Preamble

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.