US History

US History

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  • The Declaration of Independence was ratified on July 4, 1776, and declared the 13 colonies to no longer be a part of the British Empire. They would now be independent sovereign states, known collectively as the United States of America.
  • The Articles of Confederation was ratified on July 16, 1787, and established a very weak central government.
  • However, many people were dissatisfied with the Articles, and wished to discuss how to fix it, which led to the Constitutional Convention, with 55 delegates present, and lasted from May 14, 1787 to September 17, 1787.
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  • Let us fix it!
  • Many ideas and plans came from this Convention, such as the Virginia Plan, which was brought up on May 29. It included the ideas of getting rid of the Articles of Convention, and creating a new central government with three branches, among with Congress being split into two houses.
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  • On June 15, the New Jersey Plan came about as a counterproposal to the Virginia Plan. It proposed merely modifying the Articles to make the central government stronger. After long debates, on June 19, the convention decided to use the Virginia plan as the basis of discussion, and decided to start working on a new constitution.
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  • On July 16, 1787, the Connecticut Compromise was proposed, having the members of the House of Representatives being based on each state’s population size, while each state in the Senate would have equal representation.
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