American History Storyboard Project

American History Storyboard Project

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  • Hello! My name is George Washington, the original founding father of the United States of America. I am going to take you on a journey of how our great nation came to be. 
  • My good friend Thomas Jefferson, wrote the brilliant Declaration of Independence, which officiallydeclared our new nation free from British rule. Shortly after that came the Articles of Confederation. These helped outline the powers of the National and State Government. 
  • I want the Virginia Plan! Votes should be based on population!!
  • Slaves should count as citizens too!!
  • Even though the Articles of Confederation had the right idea of what we wanted our country to be, the Federalists had a few disagreements that we would need to resolve with a compromise during the Constitutional Convention. 
  • Okay, how about we go with the Senate will be equal and the House will be based on population for voting? We'll call it the Great Compromise! Also, how about each salve will be considered 3/5th's of a white man for counting population? We'll call this the Three-fifths Compromise. 
  • NO! The New Jersey plan makes so much more sense! One vote per state makes it fair for everyone!
  • Slaves are considered property! We don't let our property vote, do we?!
  • Jefferson liked how all the power was being distributed out, and he wanted to make sure that all powers throughout the government were being given evenly.  
  • We are going to create a system where each branch of government will have the power to "check in" on the other branches to make sure the power is being balanced and fair 
  • We can call it Checks and Blanaces!
  • The Legislative Branch will make the laws
  • The government was then separated into three different branches; Legislative, Executive, and Judicial. This is called Separation of Powers. 
  • The Judicial Branch will interpret the laws 
  • Sounds good and fair to me!
  • The Executive Branch can enforce the laws
  • Concluding a long long debate, the Anti-Federalists agreed to sign the Constitution after the Federalists agreed to add the Bill of Rights to help protect the rights of the people. The Constitution was then ratified in 1788. 
  • The Anti-Federalists believe that this Constitution alone does not outline or protect the rights of the people enough! We need a Bill of Rights!
  • The Federalists believe that this Constitution is more than enough and a Bill of Rights will give the people too much power!
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