Shh! We're Writing the Constitution

Shh! We're Writing the Constitution

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  • Madame, would you like to learn about the starting of our nation?
  • Oh why not?
  • The Beginning of Our Country's Constitution
  • Agreed.
  • Back in the 1700s everyone wanted to be their own people, their own bosses, and have their own state. (Also know as "Sovereign states".)People had thought that every state is important; not just one, that is why people had disagreed with the idea of becoming one nation. George Washington had scoffed at the perfidious idea, because he knew that the citizens wouldn't last long with their so called "sovereign states."
  • This man must pay for his sins!
  • Oh my...
  • Early form of government wasn't fully developed, because of the sovereign states. So, the people ended up following basic rules to hold up the citizens and do whatever that had to been done at the time. Later on, Congress had written the "Articles of Confederation" which had focused on the "firm league of friendship." Sadly, no one had followed the rules, so they went by the rules they had before for themselves.
  • The Congress was powerful, but not as powerful as people thought they were. Yes, they were able to create rules for fellow citizens, but Congress wasn't allowed to establish them. The reason why it was like this was, there was no legal system; no boundaries. More than half of the time states never bothered to send delegates to the meetings.
  • Finally, in 1786 American citizens had decided they should make changes; revise the "Articles of Confederation" for the better, and no one could disagree with that idea.
  • Many people knew there would be arguments between the people of the political parties. They would be passing down secrets and and answering nosy questions. But, in the end, keeping a secret between fifty-five men in four months was an accomplishment. That is one of the many stories of our nation, the U.S.
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