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  • Dude, I'm so sad that I don't know how America's government was formed.
  • Oh shoot bro, I can explain it to you. It all started on July 4th, 1776 when The Declaration of Independence was signed. This document basically told the British, who were in charge of the American colonies at the time, that the colonists wanted to be independent. This was in the middle of the Revolutionary war that was being fought
  • Ok so basically, the Americans won their freedom and needed a government.  An early attempt at a government was the Articles of Confederation. The Articles heavily limited the power of the federal government and gave most of the power to the states. This attempt was a huge failure because the government couldn't tax the states to fund things such as a militia. The colonists realized this was ineffective so they held the Constitutional Convention.
  • Woah, I didn't know that. That's a "bruh" moment. What happened next?
  • It was pretty epic. Delegates from each colony except Rhode Island met there to discuss many issues such as states representation in Congress and slaves' representation. A major debate was between the New Jersey and Virginia plans. The New Jersey Plan said that states should be represented equally while the Virginia Plan said states should be represented by population. Eventually, the delegates came to a great compromise. This compromise involved the creation of a bicameral (two house) legislature where one house, The house of representatives was decided by population in a state, while the other house, the Senate had equal representation among all states
  • Wow, the Constitutional Convention sounds like it was pretty epic.
  • Another thing that went down was the 3/5 compromise which made slaves count as 3/5 of a person. This heavily nerfed the southern states population. Also, the government was split into 3 branches that.
  • That's an epic gamer moment. What happened next.
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