The American Constitution - An Analysis of the Intent and Execution of the Constitution

The following will present the historical significance of the American Constitution, along with the roles of three of the prominent Founding Fathers of America and their significance to the rights and freedoms of the American people.

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The American Constitution, one of the most prominent and pragmatic documents in the history of the United States, is the longest extant government charter written by the government. It was written in 1787, one year after America gained its official independence from the British colonies. The document consists of twenty seven amendments and seven articles which dictate the base of all American laws and policies. The Constitution can be described as the skeleton of America’s legal system, implementing the foundation of all rights and freedoms which the American people behold, which are exempt from the government’s control. The document was initially drafted by James Madison, the 4th President of the United States, and was further revised and altered by a group of men known as the Founding Fathers of America. However, the implementation of this document can be traced to the primitive example of democracy presented by the Ancient Greeks in Athens.

The Ancient Greek Precedent

The Athenian court was the first representation of traditional democracy implemented into a state following the Magna Carta’s precedent establishment of rights and freedoms. The Athenians were the first to implement juries into their legal system, in which groups of up to 6,000 men were used to settle cases. This demonstrates the first view of democracy the world has seen; the implementation of juries allowed and encouraged the participation of citizens to contribute towards their legal system. Since the United States follows the rules of a democratic republic rather than a traditional democracy, it differs from the traditional Ancient Greek democratic system. For example, the Founding Fathers implemented a system titled the Electoral College, in which the rules of a traditional democracy in which each vote counts independently do not apply. The Founding Fathers implemented this system to ensure that the voting turnout in the large state of America remains as fair as possible, to their belief. Additionally, the United States Constitution was also inspired by the democratic system of the Ancient Greeks; the Athenian Constitution, researched and recorded by Aristotle in 384-322 BCE, is the precedent to the implementation and use of constitutions within the legal systems of countries in the present.

Thomas Jefferson

As the 3rd official President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson had a major effect on shaping the United States as a country. Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence of 1787. Though his contributions to the American