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  • "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator..."
  • A national government that derives all of its powers directly from the states.
  • Most of the framers were lawyers or had legal training.
  • On June 1776, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia introduce a resolution for the colonies to collectively dissolve political connections with Great Britain, pursue foreign alliances, and draft a plan of confederation. Soon the declaration of independence was read at loud in Philadelphia.
  • America’s first constitution, was ratified in 1781,the Articles of Confederation,a moment when the nation was a loose confederation of states, each operating like independent countries.
  • in May 25, 1787, the Constitutional Convention opened in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania State House, where the Declaration of Independence had been adopted 11 years earlier. There were 55 delegates in attendance, representing all 13 states except Rhode Island, which refused to send representatives because it did not want a powerful central government interfering in its economic business.
  • The idea of a perfect union was heavily influenced by the shape and nature of the government proposed by the Framers, they developed a plan that established three branches of national government, with distinct functions called separation of powers,with a system of checks and balances .
  • The drive of ratification took time, framers required the states to call for conventios to consider the proposed Constitution. States finally ratified the constitution but they needed the inmediate adttion of amendments.Rhode Island, was the last holdout of the original 13 states, finally ratified the Constitution on May 29, 1790.
  • Once the Constitution was ratified, Madison, then a member of the newly established U.S. House of Representatives, Congress adopted 12 of the amendments and sent them to the states for ratification.Ten of these amendments, known collectively as the Bill of Rights, were ratified and became part of the Constitution on December 10, 1791. And only 17 amendments have been ratified in addition to the Bill of Rights.
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