The Constitution as an Artifact

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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 first ten amendments to the constitution were known as the bill of rights, which outlined the rights given to individuals that government is never allowed to take away (contitution Net, 2010). The constitution holds a central place in the United States law and political culture. It is the Base for all law adjudication and could be amended to fit the cultural requirements of the day (Cottrol, 2010). However, the framers of the constitution did such an outstanding job of setting the guidelines for law, that over an expanse of many years only 21 amendments have been added. The Hand-written document currently resides in on display at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington D.C.

Why was the United States Constitution ever created? What cultural beliefs and values contributed to its creation? It was created to establish national law to help guide interactions between the states. This represents cultural value of allowing everyone the freedoms that would otherwise be denied. It is very indicative of the culture of that time frame (contitution Net, 2010). People during its creation wanted freedom above all else and they put the nation before themselves. The idea of entrepreneurship and individual state’s rights were paramount. When you look into what’s actually on the constitution it focuses more on what the government cannot do to you as opposed to what the government is allowed to do; with strict emphasis on the limitation of power and power to the people. Also, from the artifact you can gather that the people during this time period were heavily immersed in religion, although they did a great deal of work to ensure that the religious beliefs they had didn’t go into the creation of the document which ensured rights of all people and their religions. From the document, one could also discern that the people of that age were tired of absolute rule (in their case the British) by the way they framed the constitution. People controlled the...
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