“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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.”
– Preamble, U.S. Constitution
For Module Activity #4, you will submit an essay opens in new window (approx. 2-3 pages, double-spaced, MLA or APA format) in which you answer the following questions:
- What did “We the People” mean when the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1789?
- In what ways has our understanding of “We the People” expanded over time?
NOTE: Integrate information from at least two distinct civil rights movements, one of which is not discussed in this module (either one discussed in the textbook or one not discussed in the textbook that you are interested in and/or have researched on your own). For example, you could discuss policy and civil rights movements related to disabled persons and Native Americans. Also keep in mind that civil rights movements often cover decades, and one could argue that many are still going on today.
- Do you believe government can take further action to expand civil rights?
1) Where do you believe civil rights should continue to be expanded?
2) How might the government go about expanding those civil rights?
IF NO: Why not? Be sure to incorporate specific examples to support your argument.
HINT: When answering these questions associated with #3, it may be of benefit to first reflect on current laws, de facto vs. de jure discrimination, and governmental authority, including separation of powers and federalism.