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Storyboard of makings of Constitution of United Statets

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  • After the American Revolution was well underway and the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, the people wanted to strength the central government.
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  • In 1786, James Madison, a nationalist, called together a convention of all states. The Delegates were to meet in Annapolis. When it came time for the convention only 5 delegates showed. The 5 discussed the changes they wanted to make in the Articles of Confederation.
  • Annapolis Convention
  • Congress held a meeting per the wishes of Alexander Hamilton. News of Shay's Rebellion and unrest pushed the necessity of such meeting. In 1787, every state met (except Rhode Island) in which the 55 men discussed revising the Articles of Confederation.
  • The men appointed George Washington as the presiding officer.
  • Philadelphia
  • Everyone decided on using the Virginia Plan and then it was decided to work on a new constitution for America.
  • I propose the New Jersey Plan. I want to modify not get rid of the Articles. Congress will still have one house where each house is represented. We will have the power to raise taxes and regulate trade.
  • I propose the Virginia Plan. I say we get rid of the Articles of Confederation and make a new central government separated into 3 new branches. Congress should be divided into 2 houses. The number of representatives for each house will represent the state's population.
  • James Madison
  • Roger Sherman
  • The new constitution had many different principles one being popular sovereignty which meant it was ruled by the people. To keep power with government but also preserve rights of states, a system was created called federalism. That means power is divided between the national and state governments.
  • I suggest the House of Representatives represent states by size of their population and the Senate has a represent for each state. The senators are chose by state legislators.
  • On September 17, they started signing Constitution
  • Controversy sparked when the southern delegates thought slaves should determine their number of representatives. The Northern states opposed and pointed out that slaves were technically property. The Three-Fifths Compromise decided that for every 5 slaves it would count as 3 free people. They also agreed that the new Congress could not tax exports or have high taxes on import of slaves.
  • This was called the Connecticut Compromise
  • Legislative
  • Samuel Adams
  • Bill of Rights •Freedom of speech, press •Right to bear arms •Solider's cannot stay in others house without consent •Freedom from unreasonable searches •Right to due process of law •Right to "speedy" trial •Trial by jury •No excess fines or bans •Rights not granted in Bill of Rights belong to the people •Any powers not given to national are given to state government
  • Make the laws
  • This is called the separation of powers
  • To calm the Anti-Federalists who wanted to ratify the Constitution, the bill of rights was made.
  • Judicial
  • Interpret federal laws and judge cases
  • Those who supported the Constitution called themselves Federalists whereas those were against it called themselves Anti-Federalists.
  • Enforce laws passed by Congress
  • Executive
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