Creating a Government: Constitutions and The Articles of Confederation
The Battle of Cowpens was a battle in the American Revolution with the British and the Americans. America used a special tactic to win. They formed two lines in order to surprise the British. It was an American victory.
Shortly after America gained their freedom from Britain, they decided to create a new government. A constitution was a written document of laws and rules. Each state had their own set of laws. The Articles of Confederation allowed Congress to declare war, handle foreign affairs, appoint military officers, and coin money. This type of government did not work because fighting arose between the states, money problems came along, and other countries took advantage of us.
To be able to vote in the late 1700's, you had to be a white male at least 21 years of age. You also had to own some land and pay a certain amount of taxes. African Americans were not allowed to vote.
New states were added to the country. In order for a state to be added to the country it had to get approval. The states added to our country were Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Michigan.
A depression arose over the colonies. This shows that the Articles of Confederation are weak. Businesses shut down and ports were closed so no trade could go in or out.
Daniel Shay was a farmer during the depression. He and other farmers could not pay taxes so the had a revolt and attacked courthouses.