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The basic law of the United States of America, which creates the three branches of the United States government and sets out their powers vis a vis the states, the people and each other.

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Did the Philadelphia convention of 1787 consider and reject votes of no confidence?

While defending Donald Trump from removal from office by the Senate after Trump's impeachment, Prof. Alan Dershowitz said the framers of the Constitution explicitly rejected the system used in England,...
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Why was the requirement for Impeachment set at simple majority for House of Representatives, but supermajority (2/3) for a trial at the Senate?

According to the US Constitution - Article 1, Section 3: The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the ...
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What flags are on display in “Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States”?

In Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States, there are four flags on display to the right of George Washington. One of these flags is the 13 star United States flag, but what are ...
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Did it take 3 minutes to reload a musket when the second amendment to the US constitution was ratified?

The NPR News podcast and video Beto O'Rourke Wants To Ban, Confiscate Some Guns. Texas Voters Want Details (about 6.5 minutes long) contains the following assertion by Congressman O'Rourke: In ...
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Has chattel slavery ever been used as a criminal punishment in the USA since the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment?

The Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution provides (my emphasis): Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly ...
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What was the South actually afraid Lincoln or Congress would do that precipitated the Civil War?

While the US Civil War was fought over slavery, it doesn't appear that an interpretation of law from the 19th century supports the notion that Congress or the President could have eliminated slavery ...
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Has there been any court cases regarding the Third Amendment to the United States Constitution? [closed]

I just read a comment that implied that a law that hadn’t been used in a while was no longer relevant. Which made me curious as to what was the oldest unused US law that could still be considered ...
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How did the election of one-third of Senators every two years stay in sync with addition of new states?

The Constitution says: The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof, for six Years. Immediately after they shall be ...
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US Citizenship Prior to the 14th Amendment

Due to some political statements made on October 30th (today), I would like to know how someone became a citizen of the United States prior to the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution. There is a ...
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Was the “natural born citizen” requirement for the President inserted into the US Constitution by Alexander Hamilton's enemies?

Having recently read the biography of Alexander Hamilton, it occurred to me that there is a possibility that the requirement, written into the Constitution, that the President be a "natural born ...
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Were any signers of the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, or Constitution of the United States Black (also called Negro)?

According the Wikipedia the population of the Thirteen Colonies and the United States categorized by racial and ethnic demographics in 1770 and 1790 was 1,688,254 1770 and 3,172,006 for White, and 459,...
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Why didn’t Herbert Hoover’s residency in London during and after WWI disqualify him from becoming President?

Article II, section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. constitution prohibits anyone who has not been a resident of the U.S. for at least 14 years from being elected President. Herbert Hoover resided in London ...
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American presidents on secession legality?

I am writing article (in Russian) on secession legality, and would like to include and analyze expressed opinions of antebellum American Presidents on the subject. My favorite is Andrew Jackson’s ...
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Have US troops ever been lawfully quartered in private homes during wartime under the Third Amendment?

According to the Third Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (my emphasis): No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a ...
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Why was John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry treason?

In Article 3 Section 3 of the Constitution, it says that Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and ...
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Plot to create a Northern Confederation of States in America about 1804

I read in "Asimov's book of facts" that there was a (failed) plot to create such Confederation, that should include New York city, but I couldn't find any other reference. Asimov's book doesn't give ...
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Which founding fathers pushed for the right to bear arms? [closed]

Which members of the constitutional convention wrote and/or pushed for the right to bear arms? Did anyone fight it?