Presentation on theme: "The Nation’s First Governments"— Presentation transcript:
1The Nation’s First Governments Mr. Chad FolkersmaCivicsSault Area High School
2The First State Constitutions Americans faced the task of forming independent governments at both the state and national levels.Constitution:A plan for government
3From Colonies to States LegislatureTo create lawsGovernorTo carry out the lawsJudges & CourtsTo decide what the laws meant and how they applied to each new situation
4Preserving RightsMost state constitutions were based on the following beliefs:LifeLibertyPursuit of Happiness
5The Articles of Confederation ProblemsLack of PowerCouldn’t collect taxesCouldn’t regulate tradeCouldn’t enforce its lawsLack of Central PowerNo single leader or group directed government policyNo national court systemRules Too RigidCongress couldn’t pass law without approval of 9 statesArticles couldn’t be change without 100% agreement
6Shay’s RebellionMassachusetts ran out of money and raise taxes on farmers to pay off debt.Farmers armed and attacked the state government.Farmers felt it wasn’t their fault so why should they have to pay off the debt.
7AssignmentImagine you are on a committee to write a new state constitution. List five freedoms you want attached to your state’s constitution.Explain why it is important to guarantee these each of these rights.Paragraph Format, using complete sentences.