Creating the Constitution

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Events leading up to the signing of the constitution

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  • Articles of Confederation March 1, 1781
  • We need a strong government but not to strong we don't want to end up like the British
  • Shay's Rebellion 1786
  • The Articles of Confederation are weak we need something stronger.
  • It's Fine
  • Constitutional Convention September 17, 1787
  • Ok we need to try this again to hear all voices and not be too strict.
  • The Articles of Confederation was the first written constitution of the United States. Like Washington, most Americans did not want to be ruled by a monarch. What they did want, though, was an effective government.
  • Federalist & Anti-Federalists Papers 1787
  • Federalist Paper THE three last numbers of this paper have been dedicated to an enumeration of the dangers to which we should be exposed, in a state of disunion, from the arms and arts of foreign nations. I shall now proceed to delineate dangers of a different and, perhaps, still more alarming kind--those which will in all probability flow from dissensions between the States themselves, and from domestic factions and convulsions. These have been already in some instances slightly anticipated; but they deserve a more particular and more full investigation.
  • Anti-Federalists 1.against foreign invasion: against dissentions between member of the Union, or seditions in particular states: to procure to the several States, various blessings, of which an isolated situation was incapable: to be able to defend itself against incroachment:and to be paramount to the state constitutions.
  • A conflict Massachusetts caused many to criticize the Articles of Confederation and admit the weak central government was not working; uprising led by Daniel Shays in an effort to prevent courts from foreclosing on the farms of those who could not pay the taxes
  • Ratification March 4, 1789
  • We have done it.
  • Constitutional Convention was a meeting of delegates in 1787 to revise the Articles of Confederation, which produced the new U.S. Constitution
  • Bill of Rights December 15, 1791
  • 1. Freedom of religion, speech, and press. 2. Right to bear arms, or own guns. 3. Prevents the government from forcing citizens to shelter soldiers in their homes. 4. Prohibits, or prevents, unnecessary or unreasonable searches of a person's property. 5. Americans are guaranteed the right to a fair and legal trial. 6.The right to a speedy trial 7. Guarantees the right to a trial by jury in civil, or private, legal cases where damages are more than $20. 8. Unreasonable bail or fines and cruel and unusual punishment are prohibited. 9. Americans have rights that are not listed in the Constitution. 10. Powers not given to the United States government by the Constitution belong to the states or to the people.
  • The Federalist favored a strong national government while Anti Federalist opposed a strong central government. Anti-Federalist Papers Power for the citizens and no government interference. While Federalist wanted the government to have strong central power.
  • September 1787, the convention’s five-member Committee including Hamilton, Madison,Gouverneur Morris of New York, Rufus King of Massachusetts) had drafted the final text of the Constitution, which consisted of some 4,200 words. On September 17, George Washington was the first to sign the document. Of the 55 delegates, a total of 39 signed
  • The Bill of Rights is the first ten amendments to the US Constitution, ratified in 1791 and guaranteeing such rights as the freedoms of speech, assembly, press and worship.
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