Creating the Constitution

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  • Due to this event, people became aware of the need to change the Articles of Confederation.
  • August 29, 1986: Shay's Rebellion was a series of protests from American farmers who tried to stop tax collection from their farms.
  • NO FORECLOSURE!
  • DON'T TAKE AWAY OUR FARMS!
  • The weakness of the Articles of Confederation slowed down the improvement and organization of America, which made them call for a change.
  • So, the government needs money, will you dona--
  • NO!
  • Okay...
  • Why should WE trade with your state?
  • Fine! Don't come asking us in the future!
  • How? What will we amend?
  • Sept. 1786: The Constitutional Convention assembles delegates from five states to discuss the improvements of the Articles of Confederation.
  • We need a stronger constitution!
  • Shall we start a new draft?
  • 1788: James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jays create the 'Federalist Papers'. 1787: The Anti-Federalist Papers were published. Both sides contributed to shaping the Constitution, by debating the benefits and possible damage the new document might bring.
  • We Federalists, want a strong central government!
  • Protecting rights are more important!
  • When proposed in 1987 (at the Constitutional Convention) and added to the Constitution (1791), the Bill of Rights further developed the protection of individual rights in the Constitution.
  • We now have the freedom of speech!
  • Right to bear arms!
  • Right to assembly!
  • Thus, these developments led to the creation of the new Constitution in 1787-90.
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