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Before the Constitution was adopted, the United States of America operated under a weaker structure laid out in the Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation described how the several states would interact with each other and with a weak Confederation government. The replacement of the Articles of Confederation by the Constitution did not by and large effect the status of state laws. Each State had its own laws and these continued in force until modified by the various State legislatures.

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Before the Constitution, the Articles of Confederation established a weak confederacy up until 1789. The states retained sovereignty overall governmental functions and representative from each state had only one vote no matter the size of the state. It was also unable to levy taxes and had a weak executive branch.

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Prior to the adoption of the U.S. Constitution, there were the Articles of Confederation, the new country's first written constitution. Ratified in March 1781, this document remained in use till 1789. Of course, prior to the US declaring its independence, the country was a British colony, governed by British law, and subject to the whims of the King of England.

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Is US Constitution longer than GA Constitution?

No it is not because Georgia's constitution and laws have to apply to the state so our laws are made for the state only and we have a lot of different things that need to be put in check but the laws for the US are only minor laws so there are less :D


What clause states that the Constitution will be the supreme law of the land?

Article VI, Clause 2 (the Supremacy Clause) states the US Constitution and Federal Laws and treaties made in accordance with the Constitution are the supreme law of the land.


Which Amendment declares the Constitution the supreme law of the land?

None of the Amendments make that statement; Article VI, Clause 2 (the Supremacy Clause), part of the original body of the Constitution that predates the Amendments declares the Constitution and federal laws and treaties made in accordance with the Constitution are the supreme law of the land. In other words, Constitution, federal laws and treaties can overrule state and local laws.Article VI, Clause 2 (Supremacy Clause)This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.


Where in the constitution does it say who has law-making powers?

Article 1, section 1 of the United States constitution states who has the power to make laws. In the United States, laws are made in the legislative branch of government.


What does article five of the constitution state?

"All debts contracted and engagements entered into, before the adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation. This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding. The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/articlevi

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Did the US have a federal court system before the ratifications of the constitution?

No, the U.S. had an Articles of Confederation before the constitution was written and ratified. That made the states make their own laws without a federal government


When where robbery laws first made in America?

Robbery has ALWAYS been against the law, even before the Pilgrims landed in North America.


New laws made in addition to the constitution are?

amendment


How laws are made in the constitution?

A constitution tells how governments are made


What aspect of lawmaking is a result of the unwritten Constitution?

There is no unwritten constitution, so no laws are made as a result of one.


The power of the supreme court to decide if laws made by the congress are following the laws of the constitution?

judicial review


How are the twelve tables and the US Constitution alike?

They both made laws


Does the constitution allow laws to be made for subjects that did not exist in 1787?

yes


Is US Constitution longer than GA Constitution?

No it is not because Georgia's constitution and laws have to apply to the state so our laws are made for the state only and we have a lot of different things that need to be put in check but the laws for the US are only minor laws so there are less :D


Do you believe that the us constitution is the supreme law of the land?

Essentially, yes. Article VI, Section 2, (the Supremacy Clause) of the Constitution reads:"This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding."The Constitution places federal laws and foreign treaties in the same hierarchy of authority as the Constitution, but only to the extend that the laws and treaties, themselves, are constitutionally valid.Bear in mind the Constitution didn't write itself; the Founding Fathers/Framers actually declared the Constitution, and all laws and treaties made in accordance with it, the supreme law of the land.


What are two promises contained in the Preamble?

There are no promises made in the Preamble to the Constitution. The Preamble is a list of things that the "We the People, of the United States of America" hope the Constitution will do to form the 'more perfect Union.'


How has every amendment to the constitution been ratified?

The laws were made before. then they numbered it. they never did one because they didn't want one in the constitution. Every amendment except one was added to the Constitution by two-thirds vote approval by the House of Representatives and the Senate