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 [sic], 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....
For some, the language of the Preamble to the Constitution is inspiring. For others, it offers promises broken or unfulfilled. What exactly does this document secure, and for whom? How have time and circumstance shaped, and been shaped by, these ideals?
Today, as an educational institution that receives federal funding, students, staff, and faculty at Trinity University have the opportunity to take a more critical look at this founding document. Consider the books, videos, websites, and journal articles here an invitation to a deeper understanding, with a particular focus on the 14th Amendment.
As this year's Constitution Day coincides with an important election year, head over to the voting guide for information on registering and voting in this year's election.