The Formation of the US Constitution

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  • The Formation of the United States Constitution By: Devin Kimsey
  • After America had won it's independence from Great Britain, it became evident that the republic needed a stronger central government.
  • In the year of 1786, Alexander Hamilton called for a constitutional convention to discuss the matter of a new government. Each state (there were only 13 at the time) sent delegates to the meeting.
  • These delegates had been tasked with amending the Articles of Confederation. They soon began debating the idea of a new form of government. After this debate, which lasted for a while summer, they developed a new plan which established three branches of government.
  • A system of checks and balances were set into place so that each branch had equal authority. The specific powers of each branch were set into place.
  • By September of 1787, the committee had drafted the final text of the constitution consisting of 4,200 words. On June 21st of 1788, the ninth state ratified the document and the new government was set to start on March 4th of the next year.
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