Creating the United States Constitution

We the People

This simple phrase "We the People of the United States" boldly asserts that the United States is a sovereign nation with its power arising from the people. What began as a proposed union of colonial dependencies of a British monarch in 1754 had been forged by revolution, war, and the struggles of peace into a single independent nation whose power is derived from the people of that nation. This assertion alone moves the federal Constitution of 1787 beyond a mere federation of states. In 1787 this ideal was a mere assertion—promise for the future. Where did this idea come from? »

Report of the Committee of Style, We the People section

We, the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union