formation of the U.S. constitution

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  • This is the story of the formation of the U.S. constitution.
  • The 13 colonies started to see the unfair treatment they were getting under the British rule so they declared their independence. But then they found out that the Articles of confederation did not provide for a strong government. this made it urgent to get a strong government.
  • Contributors to the united states constitution were James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, and farmers. These men drafted the document which contained laws that every state will have to follow
  • People began to get frustrated and scared that the constitution did not state their individual rights, leaving them unprotected if the government were to expand powers.
  • Just like anything there was people who opposed the constitution. Those people are called the anti-federalists. this called for the bill of rights to be made. the bill of rights is a document that comes with the constitution and states the peoples rights and liberties.
  • The bill of rights put the anti-federalists minds at ease and the constitution was ratified. the last state was Rhode island in 1970. this created 3 branches of government- judicial, executive, and legislative all branches are equal and able to check in on the others.
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