What is a Preamble?Perhaps when you were in school, you memorized the “Preamble to the Constitution.” But what is a preamble and what is its purpose?
A preamble is a brief statement that sets out the purpose for a longer work. It should provide the reasons why the following document has been written. That’s exactly what the Preamble to the United States Constitution does: it sets out the reasons why the longer document was written.
Today, most national constitutions will have a preamble for their constitution. Let’s use the United States Constitution as an example. We can learn a lot about what its Framers wanted to accomplish when viewing the preamble.
In the United States Constitution, its Framers set out six purposes for their Constitution. Let’s look at those six purposes as they stated them.