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The Constitution as an Artifact

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The Constitution as an Artifact

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Abstract
This paper is an analysis of the single cultural artifact that best represents the culture in which I live in today. The paper will provide a detailed analysis of the artifact and how it relates to the values and beliefs of the culture. Additionally, it will address the deep cultural roots of the artifact, the historical roots of the artifact, what allowed it to come into being and who was affected by its development. This information will come as someone trained from the humanities.

There are many great artifacts that represent the culture we’re currently residing in. However, as an American and someone trained in the humanities, I believe there is no better example of this than the actual Constitution of the United States. I will describe the artifact and analyze in detail how the artifact relates to the values and beliefs of our culture as Americans. I will also investigate the deep cultural roots of the artifact and what cultural roots resulted in the creation of this marvelous item. Furthermore, I will address what cultural periods. Finally I will explain how this artifact will be pushed through the future generations and what evolutions may occur to the artifact.

The United States Constitution is a document that has assumed the work as the framework for the establishment of the United States Government. It is a veritable representation of coordinated effort and statesmanship based on numerical representation by the people. The document was written on parchment paper in the 18th century and was officially adopted on September 17, 1987 by the constitutional convention in Philadelphia, PA (contitution Net, 2010). It was ratified by representatives of the people in the name of “The people.” This document created the three branches of the government and gave those powers and responsibilities as well as established the individual powers allocated to each and a checks and balance system to ensure no branch became too powerful. The...