Constitutional Background

Constitutional Background

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  • "Articles of Confederation gives colonies some sense of unified government."
  • Shays' Rebellion erupted in 1786 when farmers protested high taxes.  The federal government could not put down the rebellion.
  • "A little rebellion now and then is a good thing" - Thomas Jefferson 
  • Delegates decided the Articles needed to be changed and met in Philadelphia in 1787.
  • All the delegates in the country met for the convention and had different opinions.
  • "Debates erupted over representation in congress over the executive branch"
  • Will we have slavery?
  • Why doesn't the government have more control?
  • How much power does each state have?
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