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  • Soon after the Declaration of Independence, which stated the Americans’ interest to secede from Great Britain, America created a new document for their government and people, which to live by, called the Articles of Confederation.
  • "Our economy is failing!!!"
  • But, soon after, the AOC began to fail due to the absence of power to tax and their one house, and made the public suffer quite a bit, trust-wise. Thus, a constitutional convention was held, in secrecy, to prevent uprising, and to better their land.
  • There were two new plans for representation within government. The New Jersey plan (called for equal representation) and the Virginia plan (called for population-based representation). Eventually, there came the Great Compromise, which merged the two ideas.
  • Slaves were taken into consideration for representation during this time as well. Due to the new 3/5ths compromise, that was agreed upon and enacted, slaves counted as 3/5ths as a whole person, boosting states with a larger population of slaves as compared to others. 
  • Three houses were put in place to represent the people; and were equally separated. This became known as the separation of powers. Within these powers, came the ability to check each other, and make sure one another is balanced; this is known as checks and balances. The three houses that practiced this were the:
  • executive branch (enforcing)
  • legislative branch (making laws)
  • judicial branch (interpreting)
  • A new document was made, in place of the Articles, for the government and people. There were people that supported the new document (federalists), and those who did not, without a bit of re-adjustment (anti-federalists). The Bill of Rights, which was an addition upon the constitution, was added upon the proposal of the anti-federalists, and was eventually passed. After all of this, the constitution was finally ratified, and thus began the new country.
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