Formation of the U.S. Constitution

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  • The formation of the U.S. Constitution
  • Under the Articles of Confederation the 13 colonies were united in their fight against the British during the Revolutionary War.
  • However, after the war the Articles began to fall apart. The need arose for a more centralized government.
  • The framers started work on a constitution, which was essentially a list of laws and rules for the states to follow so the government could run smoothly. The Constitution also included a Bill of Rights, which limited the power of the government and gave the citizens absolute rights, which could never be violated.
  • The Constitution splits the government into the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. These separate branches had equal power and formed a system of checks and balances.
  • The Constitution was the first step to creating the United States as we know it today. It set the standard for how laws were to be implemented and how the government would work
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