Constitutional History

Constitutional History
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  • Ugh, wait, so you're telling me there was a document before the Constitution?
  • Yeah! It was called the... the... uh... the... Articles of Confederation!
  • Oh my gosh I'm going to fail this test! Can you please help me?
  • Oh yeah, I know all about that! So, then… the Articles of Confederation came next?  When did that occur?
  • Of course! So it all began when Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, which declared the freedom of the thirteen colonies from tyrannical Great Britain.
  • Well, the problem is, it didn’t work out well at all.  Because the states were so independent, there was no national currency and no national militia that kept the country safe.  It was leading to so many unsolvable problems between the states, so they decided they needed to come up with a new plan to avoid the inevitable collapse of the country that would occur from following the Articles.
  • Well, if that seemed to work out, why didn’t they keep the Articles of Confederation?
  • The Articles of Confederation occurred after the Revolution because the states had to establish their own government.  So they made a plan that gave most of the power to the states and not much to the federal government because they didn’t want to end up like terrible Great Britain, yuck!
  • Hey guys, do I hear you talking about that test coming up? Did you know that during the Constitutional Convention, there were two plans: Virginia and New Jersey Plan?
  • I knew there were two plans but I didn't know what they were called.
  • Anyways didn’t the convention occur during 1787 and was where delegates from each state met to propose new ideas for the government?
  • Gotcha. Thanks, Rojo.
  • Correct!! Also, don’t forget that during the convention each proposal led to the scrapping of the Articles of Confederation and the drafting of the U.S Constitution.
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