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State and U.S. Constitutions

Please discuss the differences between the state and the U.S. Constitutions.

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Differences between State Constitutions and the U.S. Constitution

The first thing that you need to understand is the reasoning behind state constitutions. In the early stages of this country's development, the colonies/states were recently freed from being under the rule of Great Britain's monarchy. Because of this, although the founding fathers of the U.S. wanted to create a unified federation, they were very weary of an overly powerful central/federal government. They, therefore, sought to limit the power of the federal government and protect the rights of the states clearly in the U.S. Constitution by stating in the 10th Amendment that all powers not granted to the federal government are reserved for the states. It was understood at this time (and still holds true today) that each state would have its own state government. The basic framework of these state governments, including organization, powers, and duties, are laid out in the state constitutions just as the framework of the U.S. ...

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The differences between the state and the United States Constitutions.