A state constitution is the governing document of a U.S. state. State constitutions establish certain parts of government for the State, grant these parts with their powers, and deny certain other powers.
The Northwest Ordinance
The Articles of Confederation was the first attempt at trying to establish a national government after the Declaration of Independence was signed.
Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation
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Also known as the Ordinance of 1787, the Northwest Ordinance established a government for the Northwest Territory, outlined the process for admitting a new state to the Union, and guaranteed that newly created states would be equal to the original thirteen states.
The Northwest Ordinance established a government for the Northwest Territory, provided a strategy for accepting new states to the Union, and guaranteed that all of the new states would be equal to the original thirteen states.
• Congress had no power to collect taxes so the government was always lacking money.• Congress had no money to handle foreign trade so trading with other states was hard.• Approval of 9 out of 13 states was needed to enact laws so it was hard to make laws.• The Articles of Confederation only could have been changed by a unanimous vote.
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During the Revolutionary War, farmers were promised that they did not have to pay taxes and other debts on their land. However, these promises were not kept. So, numerous western Massachusetts farmers rebelled by not letting judges enter the courthouses. Because of this American leaders created the Constitutional Convention which led to the writing of the US Constitution.