Preamble to the US Constitution

In this section, we'll take a look at the preamble, or introduction to the US Constitution. The original document is in blue.

Even if you do not know the meaning of all of the words, like tranquility or posterity, take the passage phrase by phrase and try to get the main idea by finding the meaning of the phrases you can understand.

We the People of the United States,

tells you who is writing the document

in Order to form a more perfect Union,

tells you their purpose. They want to make a better union of the states that make up the United States

establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare,

These are all things that they seek to do with The Constitution that will make the union better. Justice must be established. The union must have domestic tranquility, or peace inside the country. The Union must have defense, such as a military. Finally, the Constitution also seeks to provide for the people's well being.

and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,

They want liberty for themselves and their children, or posterity

do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

To do all these things above, they are writing a constitution.