General George Washington led 14,000 American and French troops against Cornwallis's 8,000 British troops. American and French forces set up a siege that caused Cornwallis to surrender.
The Constitutional Convention
Weak! We are so weak! This isn't working!
We need a whole new idea! I don't want to be so called "weak"!
The Articles of Confederation was our first Constitution. It was too weak to enforce laws, so it didn't have any power. It was created by the Second Continental Congress.
Principles of the Constitution
checks and balances
Farmers were unable to sell their goods and were in debt because they couldn't pay their taxes. Officers seized their land and put them in jail as a result. Shay and his followers rebelled by taking their weapons and wanted the government to issue paper money.
Three Branches of Government
We make laws!
We make sure laws are fair!
The Constitutional Convention was a meeting held in Philadelphia that was called to revise the Articles of Confederation. They ended up making a whole new system called the Constitution.
This meeting was much needed
The seven key principles of the Constitution includes popular sovereignty, limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances, judicial review, federalism, and republicanism. These are all important for our government because they protect our rights.
separation of powers
The Three Branches of Government includes the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branch. The Legislative Branch makes the laws. The Executive Branch carries out the laws. Finally, the Judicial branch interprets the laws. They make our government stronger and doesn't give one person full power.