We the People Constitution - The People

Chief Justice John Marshall wrote, "The people made the Constitution and the People can unmake it. It is the creature of their will and lives only by their will." Cohens v Virginia 1821

1. Read the Preamble of the United States Constitution. (Find a copy online.)

2. Consider the events that followed Hurricane Katrina's devastation of the Gulf Coast states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

How are Justice Marshall's words exemplified by these events? Be specific. Give examples.



Extend your thinking.

Compare and contrast citizens actions between Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Katrina or another natural disaster.


How should people behave during a natural disaster?


"No free government, or the blessings of liberty can be preserved to any people,
but by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles." George Mason

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posted 9/2005 by Cindy O'Hora, Updated 9/2017

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