The Second Continental Congress is now in session
We didn't agree to this!
I'm here to collect your property taxes.
I thank you all for meeting here to revise the Articles of Confederation
The first constitution of the United States, The Articles of Confederation, was drafted and signed by members of the Second Continental Congress at York, Pennsylvania in 1777 in order to create a national government.
Articles Of Confederation
The Articles of Confederation are complete
In 1786, Massachusetts raised property taxes to pay its war debts but did so without the consent of its constituency. This tax affected farmers more than anyone else.
SHUT DOWN THE COURT!
In 1787, delegates from each state met in Independence Hall, Philadelphia to discuss ways to improve the Articles of Confederation.
Representation based on population
How about a compromise
The Articles of Confederation created a weak national government, resulting in the states having much more power than Congress. For the Articles to take effect, all states had to ratify them. This took 4 years.
Daniel Shay, a war veteran turned farmer, led a revolt shutting down courthouses. Shay and his followers were eventually stopped, but the incident became a national embarrassment and led leaders to call for a stronger central government.
The delegates of the convention decided to create a new government with three branches. However, they couldn’t agree on how states would be represented in Congress. Two plans were proposed, the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey plan. The Great Compromise broke the deadlock creating a bicameral legislature consisting of the Senate, with equal representation, and the House of Representatives, with representation based on population.