The US Constitution is probably America’s single most successful export. The first written constitution in world history, it provided a model for more than 160 different countries in its first 200 years of existence, shaping ideas of freedom and citizenship the world over.
Comprising fewer than 4,500 words, including its ringing beginning, "We, the people of the United States...", the US Constitution remains both the oldest and the shortest written constitution of any government in the world.
It entered into American law on this day in 1789, and because we think that must have been a great morning for Americans to wake up to, we're celebrating the date with an American Breakfast cocktail.
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