Declaration of Independence 1776 Andrew Herrera Block 7
As John Hancock, my signature must be the largest!
Time for things to change!
The Articles of Confederation 1777
Does this mean we can start a war?
No more Revolution!
The Constitutional Convention 1787
“Our new Constitution is now established, everything seems to promise it will be durable; but, in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes,”
"The Constitution is the guide which I will never abandon."
The Declaration of Independence was the final document to set America loose from Great Britain and lead them to a new fair government.
Separation of Powers
While the articles weren't very successful, they provided a basis of what would later be the signing of the Constitution.
The Three Branches of Government
The Legislative Branch (bottom left) makes the laws, The Executive Branch (right) Enforces the laws, And the Judicial Branch (bottom right) interprets the laws.
On September 17th the Constitution was signed and became the supreme law of the land that would lay the foundation of the US Government that is still very much used today. Two groups emerged out of the constitution,the federalists, who supported the idea of a central government, and the anti-federalists, who wanted more power to the states.
The Bill Of Rights 1789
I. Freedom of religion, of speech, of the press, to assemble, and no petition II. Right to bear arms III. No quartering of soldiers IV. No unreasonable search and seizure V. Indictments, due process, self-incrimination, double jeopardy, and rules for eminent domain VI. Right to a fair and speedy trial VII. Right to trial jury in civil cases VIII. No excessive bail and fines or cruel and unusual punishment IX. There are other rights not written in the constitution X. All rights not given to federal government, belong to state and people
One of the basic principles of the Constitution, this prevents one branch from becoming too powerful than another one.
The Constitution divided the government into 3 separate branches, the Executive (ran by the president), the Legislative (made of both the Senate and the House of Representatives), and then the Judicial (under the Supreme Court).
Created in 1789 and finally ratified in 1791, when the delegates signed it, the Bill of Rights is the first 10 Amendments that guarantees the rights of the people.