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Re: [tips_and_tricks] questions concerning U.S. constitution

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  • Jake
    Real simple answer to the questions - in the Constitution, United States of America refers to anĀ  IT - a new nation which previously did not exist - the
    Message 1 of 6 , Mar 10, 2009
      Real simple answer to the questions - in the Constitution, "United States of America" refers to an "IT" - a new nation which previously did not exist - the term "United States" refers to "THEM" - the "several states".
       
      Although the terms have been used interchangably for well over 100 years & certainly are today, they DO NOT mean the same thing.  And look @ the difference in wording in the 13th & 14th Amendments.
       
      Study more - in the Declaration of Independence, the "u" in "united" is lower-case - an adjective describing States in a land called America which were united in a common cause - there was no such entity as the "United States of America" @ the time.  In the Constitution the "U" is capitalized because now "United" is part of a proper noun.

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