Storyboard of the formation of the U.S. Constitution


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American Government Unit 1 Project Storyboard

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  • Hello, I'm here to tell you about the story behind and the making of the U.S. Constitution
  • After the 13 colonies came to American they decided that they no longer wanted to be ruled by the King of England. They wanted Independence!
  • The colonists came to America because they felt that they were suppressed by British rule. Politically they didn’t have a say in anything because the King made all the rules, economically they felt they were over taxed, and on top of that, they had no religious freedom. But if you take away the laws of the King-there is no law- which is a problem.
  • So the Founding Fathers needed to create some laws. First it was the Articles of Confederation which united the 13 colonies into 13 states giving a set of laws, but that wasn't enough-it was too weak. It lacked an execute branch of government, it had no national court system, every state had to agree to make amendments, and it was up to the states as to whether they wanted to send men out for military purposes
  • The Founding Father’s: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington (Wikipedia, 2014), also known as the Framers created the document during a summer in Philadelphia 1787 and “it took 2 years for all 13 states to ratify it” (USHistory, 2014).
  • The U.S. Constitution was the “Blueprint of Articles for a new kind of government based on the principles of separation of power between the branches of government and state, checks and balances, and Federalism, this became the “Law of the Land” which everyone must live by!
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