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1 Describe why the Articles of Confederation failed. Weak central/national government States werent unified States were like Im new jersey, we do what we want!!

2 Describe why the Articles of Confederation failed. Shays Rebellion scared rich people.

3 Shays Attacks by Shay followers Encounters between Shays and hired militias. 13. Outcomes Rebellion put down by a private militia US Govt. too weak to put down rebellion Americans feared govt. too weak = anarchy Call for a Constitutional Convention to change AOC and create a stronger national government.

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5 CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION Think of 2 times you have ever had to compromise in your life.

6 Constitutional Convention Philadelphia Independence Hall 55The Constitutional Convention was a large meeting held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Independence Hall from May of 1787 to Sept. to 1787 where 55 delegates representing their states. Purpose: Throw out the AOC and write a new Constitution.

7 The writing of the Constitution formed a task more difficult than can be well conceived by those who were not concerned in the execution of it. Adding to the difficulty the natural diversity of human opinions on all new and complicated subjects, it is impossible to consider the degree of concord which ultimately prevailed as less than a miracle. James Madison Father of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights Believed in a strong central government Wrote part of The Federalist Would become our 4 th president Father of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights Believed in a strong central government Wrote part of The Federalist Would become our 4 th president

8 Snapshot of a Framer White Male Adults White Male Adults Landowners Landowners Some education Some education Some were slave owners Some were slave owners Lawyers Lawyers Merchants Merchants White Male Adults White Male Adults Landowners Landowners Some education Some education Some were slave owners Some were slave owners Lawyers Lawyers Merchants Merchants

9 Who wasnt invited to the Convention Women Slaves Poor and Native Americans

10 representativesFirst major argument between the delegates was over how many representatives each state would have in Congress. How Should Power be Divided between the states??How Should Power be Divided between the states??

11 Virginia Plan proposed by the larger states More People, More Votes New Jersey plan proposed by small states 1 State = 1 Vote.

12 CONGRESS HOUSE OF REPESENTATIVES Elected by the peopleElected by the people More population the more representatives you haveMore population the more representatives you have Satisfied larger statesSatisfied larger states HOUSE OF REPESENTATIVES Elected by the peopleElected by the people More population the more representatives you haveMore population the more representatives you have Satisfied larger statesSatisfied larger states SENATE 2 representatives per state Satisfied smaller statesSENATE 2 representatives per state Satisfied smaller states Great Compromise or Connecticut Compromise- Combines the New Jersey Plan and the Virginia Plan Bicameral 2 house Congress

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14 Great Compromise Senate 2 reps per state (100 total) House of representatives 1 rep per 450,000 in population (435 total)

15 5. Census To count the number of people in each state, every 10 years we have the Census. This determines how many representatives your state will have in congress.

16 What about Slaves? Do they count too?

17 representationSouthern states wanted their slaves to be counted as part of their population because it would give them more representation in Congress. Northern statesNorthern states wanted to abolish slavery.. Southern StatesSouthern States would of left the Constitutional Convention if there was an attempt to abolish slavery. North and South worked out a compromise.

18 6. Describe the 2 sides involved in the 3/5ths compromise. South: Slaves should count as population North: Slaves should count for nothing, they cant vote!

19 Three-Fifths Compromise

20 Why?Southern states wanted their slaves to be counted as part of the total population of their state. Why? This would give them more representatives in Congress. Thus giving them more voting power in Congress and protecting their self-interest of slavery.

21 Northern states objected to the Souths proposal and would only agree to compromise. 3 of every 5 slaves would be counted as part of a states total population. It was supported by both North and South

22 7. 3/5ths compromise. Compromise Slaves = 3/5 of a person – 3/5 for votes in government – 3/5 for taxation

23 Georgias Population White = 300,000 Slaves = 100,000 3/5s of 100,000 3/5s of 100,000 = 60, , ,000 = Total Population = 360,000 which would be counted towards representation in Congress.

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25 How much Power should be given to the states?

26 Federalism- when power is split between the National government and the states. 8. Federalism

27 New Constitution gave the National Govt. 60% of governmental powers….National Govt. was over the states…….. States given 40% of governmental powers…States would have some powers to control their own affairs.

28 Supreme law United States Constitution Supreme law of the land….Supreme law of the land…. It is above all levels of government and no act, law or public policy can be in conflict with it.It is above all levels of government and no act, law or public policy can be in conflict with it. National Government is over the States. =

29 Coin money Make treaties Establish Post Offices Raise a military Declare war Admit new states Build dams Interstate highways Fund NASA Regulate naturalization Establish courts Recognize new countries Copyright/Patents Weights/measurements Prohibit racism Regulate commerce Powers given to national govt Expressed Implied nt Delegated Concurrent Reserved Make/enforce laws Maintain courts Collect taxes Borrow money Charter banks Protect welfare of people Call out the militia Education Establish local govts Conduct elections Protect public safety Build state highways Raise a state militia Issue licenses Incorporate businesses Regulate trade in state Regulate drinking age Set speed limit Create counties/cities Decide death penalty Marriage definition Medicinal marijuana Powers shared by all 3 levels Powers given only to the states Div of powers

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31 10. Identify the 3 branches of Government and their roles of power. 1. Legislative: writes laws Senate, House of Reps

32 Identify the 3 branches of Government and their roles of power. 2. Executive branch (PRESIDENT) – Enforces laws

33 Identify the 3 branches of Government and their roles of power. 3. Judicial (Courts supreme court) – Interprets laws

34 Describe what Checks and Balances are, and give 3 examples. Executive Branch Checks on the Legislative Branch President has the power to veto laws passed by the Congress

35 Legislative Branch Checks on the Executive Branch Congress can overturn a Presidential veto with a 2/3 vote of both houses

36 Judicial Branch Checks on the Executive Branch Supreme Court can use the power of judicial review to rule laws unconstitutional

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38 7. Through what process can our Constitution be changed? Amendment process

39 8. Describe the elastic clause. Congress has the power to stretch its powers to meet new situations Laws regarding new technology Speed Limits (No cars in 1776)

40 9. Why was the Bill of Rights added to the Constitution?


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