Government in America has been continually growing in the kinds and numbers of citizens since the Declaration of Independence. Under British monarchical rule, Americans were British subjects and citizens. American citizens or inhabitants, under the Articles of Confederation, became citizens or remained inhabitants of the thirteen states acknowledged as “free, sovereign and independent,” by George III in the Treaty of Paris of 1783.
The Articles of Confederation created a first Constitution for the Confederacy of States called the United States of America. The Articles of Confederation did not directly create another class of citizens, but in Article IV it assured inhabitants the privileges and immunities of citizens of the several States.
The Northwest Ordinance of July 13, 1787 was the second Constitution for the United States of America. This Constitution established a temporary government for the Northwest Territory and the States that would be created from that district, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and part of Minnesota.
The third Constitution is called the Constitution of the United States. The States that ratify “this Constitution” are bound by Article VI “to support this Constitution,” however “this Constitution” is never adopted, because no person ever fills the Office of President. The third Constitution is a bastardized version of the ratified “this Constitution,” and the territory owned by and ceded to the United States of America that is also known as the Constitution of the United States.
The fourth and last Constitution is the one that emerges after the Civil War in the form of the Fourteenth Amendment. The Amendment is a very abbreviated version of “this Constitution,” but all the essentials of a Constitution are contained in it.
The Civil War spurred a reorganization of the Government of the United States along the lines of what it has become today. The one critical factor remains that can never be changed¾territorial jurisdiction.
The territory of the United States will always be the territory owned by and ceded to the United States of America. To learn how territorial knowledge is the key to your freedom contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Eduardo M. Rivera