The Preamble - Conversation Starter 2 - We the People

The Record New Jersey. © Copyright 2001. Used with permission of Jimmy Margulies.

Focus Questions

1. What is the main point that the artist is trying to convey in this illustration? Do you agree with the artist's view? Why or why not?

2. Looking at the descriptions above, write a list of "we the people" from the perspective of someone living in 1787. What words or groups of people would you include on that list? Why? Who would be included in 1919? In 1965? What do these lists tell you about our conception of the phrase "We the People" over time?

3. What other groups might one day be included in the concept of "we the people" on this list? Why?