The U.S. Constitution

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  • Creating The United States
  • The Stability of the Confederation
  • Need for a Stronger Government
  • We need a stronger central government.
  • I agree, but things may need to get worse before anyone will listen.
  • Adopted in 1777 and ratified in 1781, the Articles of Confederation created a loose union of the states, but the central government was weak and had very little power.
  • Fear of a Financial Crisis
  • There is not enough money to run the government and the states are unwilling to support a national revenue.
  • Following the American Revolution, excessive taxation and economic depression threatened the stability of the Confederation and the weak government was powerless to stop the uprisings and protests. The government also had no power to prevent the states from making their own rules.
  • Debating the Articles of Confederation
  • In 1785, James Madison and George Washington recognized the need for a stronger central government and began to share ideas on how to bring about this change.
  • The United States Constitution is Ratified
  • In 1786, James Monroe expressed his fear of economic instability. The worry over a shortage of funds to run the government, among other things, prompted the call for a national convention to change the Articles of Confederation.
  • In May of 1787, the Confederation Congress invited delegates from all 13 states to attend the Constitutional Conference and discuss amending the Articles of Confederation. However, the delegates soon realized that a new form of government was needed.
  • After much debate and compromise, the United States Constitution was signed and accepted on September 17, 1787 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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