Chapter 7

Chapter 7

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  • Valley Forge  
  • State Constitution. 
  • Articles of Confederation
  • Valley Forge was a camp for soldiers. They were challenged and put through harsh conditions such as freezing weather and small pox.
  • Depression
  • I regret to inform that this land no longer belongs to you.
  • After winning the war, the colonies created the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. This gave the colonist the laws they should follow and a list of freedoms they had. 
  • Shay's Rebellion
  • Delegates belived that the colonies should be united by a government to win independence. It was difficult to write a constitution that every state would be satisfied with. Many people felt loyal to their state, rather than one nation. After much arguing, Congress approved the Articles of Confederation in 1777.
  • The Constitution
  • "I predict the worst consequences from a half-starved, limping government, always moving upon crutches and tottering on every step."
  • The government at the time was struggling to fix the economic. The new country suffered from an economic depression. A depression is a period of time when business activity slows (such as on farms), prices and pay fall, and unemployment rises.
  • The depression hit farmers bad. Since they weren't getting payed a lot, they could not pay off their loans or taxes. Daniel Shays,  farmer from Massachusetts, made a rebellion. They attacked courthouses and prevented the state from taking farms away. 
  • Shays' Rebellion was a sign that the Articles of Confederation was weak and didn't work. Many states called for a convention to fix the Articles of Confederation. The convention of 1787 would completely change the government. 
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