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The Nations First Governments Mr. Chad Folkersma Civics Sault Area High School
The First State Constitutions Americans faced the task of forming independent governments at both the state and national levels. Constitution: –A plan for government
From Colonies to States Legislature –To create laws Governor –To carry out the laws Judges & Courts –To decide what the laws meant and how they applied to each new situation
Preserving Rights Most state constitutions were based on the following beliefs: –Life –Liberty –Pursuit of Happiness
The Articles of Confederation Lack of Power –Couldnt collect taxes –Couldnt regulate trade –Couldnt enforce its laws Lack of Central Power –No single leader or group directed government policy –No national court system Rules Too Rigid –Congress couldnt pass law without approval of 9 states –Articles couldnt be change without 100% agreement
Shays Rebellion Massachusetts ran out of money and raise taxes on farmers to pay off debt. –Farmers armed and attacked the state government. –Farmers felt it wasnt their fault so why should they have to pay off the debt.
Assignment Imagine you are on a committee to write a new state constitution. List five freedoms you want attached to your states constitution. Explain why it is important to guarantee these each of these rights. Paragraph Format, using complete sentences.