Constitution

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Formation of the constitution.

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  • The Articles of Confederation were ratified on June 22, 1777. Their main focus was to determine the roles of national government after the United States won its independence from Great Britain.
  • The Articles had created a weak central government that attempted to prevent states from orchestrating their own foreign diplomacy.
  • May - June 1787
  • Among many other decisions made during the creation of the constitution, our founding fathers had to decide how the states would be represented. Large states wanted population to be the deciding factor, while smaller states wanted equal representation for all states.
  • Equal in all states!
  • Population!
  • Thus a compromise was made and it was later known as “The Great Compromise.” They created an upper house, The Senate, where all states get two votes, and an upper house, The House of Representatives, where population decided the amount of votes.
  • The Constitutional Convention was held in Philadelphia between the months of May and June in the 1787. It was held to address the problems of the weak central government that was created under the Articles of Confederation. The United States Constitution that was created from the convention determined a federal government with specific powers, which included those related to conducting relations with foreign governments.
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  • The Constitution came into effect in 1789 after a necessary number of state ratifications and has served as the foundation of the United States government ever since.
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