The U.S. Constitution was approved by delegates to the Philadelphia Convention on September 27, 1787 and submitted to the Governors of the thirteen states. New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the Constitution on June 21,1788. A resolution was approved by Congress on July 2, 1788 to form the new government which began operations on March 4, 1789.
The Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land and serves as the governing contract between the Federal Government, State Governments and citizens of the United States. It is THE law for government operations.
Section 1: Citizenship Granted to Former Slaves Section 2: Reapportionment of Representation and voting privileges Section 3: Restrictions on former Confederate Officials Section 4: Invalidation of Confederate States' debts Section 5: Congressional enforcement Powers