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1 A MORE PERFECT UNIONThe United States develops from a confederation of states to a unified country ruled under one government
2 *By the end of the War every state had their own seperate constitutions where they had a governor and a legislature (group who make laws). *Each legislature was divided into two houses – bicameral.
3 What are the Articles of Confederation? Country’s first written plan of governmentWent into effect when all 13 states approved itTo make changes or pass new laws 9 out of the 13 states had to agree- Very difficult!!!Gave the federal government very little power. Government could not tax. Country began to fall apart because government was too weak.
4 What were the limitations of the Articles of Confederation 1. Congress could not draft and Army2. Congress could not tax citizens3. Did not create leadership under a chief executive4.Any changes required approval from all 13 states5. Could not settle disputes between states
5 Northwest OrdinanceA law that set up procedures for dividing the land north of the Ohio River and east of the MississippiWhen population in the territories reached 60,000 the people could petition for statehood.
6 Economic troubles Trade was cut off in many areas by Britain Country went through a depression. People were brokeFarmers could not pay their taxes to the states and the government began to take away their farms and put them in jail
7 What is Shays Rebellion? Farms were taken away,-a group of farmers headed by Daniel Shays, forced some courts to close in Mass. and tried to raid a federal arsenalStopped by the militia - a few farmers were killed.Made people realize that the government was not strong enough to control the people.
9 THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION Delegates from all the colonies (total 55) met in Philadelphial in May 1787 to amend (change) Articles of Confederation. Lasted until Septembr 1787George Washington was the presiding officer.Main compromies were The Great Compromise and the 3/5th compromise
10 Plans for Legislature A. The Virginia Plan (Edmund Randolph) States that the legislature would have two houses.(bicameral) The number of representatives would be based on population. Good for states with large populations.B. The New Jersey Plan (William Patterson)Both houses would be equally represented by all states. Good for states with small populations.
12 What was the3/5th COMPROMISE? Each slave would count as 3/5th person for both taxation and representation
13 Stats on THE CONSTITUTION James Madison considered the ‘Father” of the ConstitutionConstitution has the final authority in our countryMany states did not approve it at first because it didn’t have a Bill of Rights.Need approval of 9 of the 13 states to go into effectFederalism- sharing of power between state and federal governmentFederalists – supported ConstitutionAnti-federalists - did not support it
15 What did the Federalist believe? Supported a larger National/Federal governmentSupported equally dividing powers among different branchesBacked by Madison, Hamilton, WashingtonFeared disorder without a strong central government
16 What were the Anti-federalists? Most political powers should remain with the statesWanted legislative branch to hold more power than executiveFeared strong government would ignore the rights of the people, favor the wealthyBelieved a Bill of Rights was necessaryFeared oppression more than disorderBacked by Jefferson, Patrick Henry
17 Why is a government important Why is a government important? What should the main jobs of government do?EX: protect, defend, take care of people,etc
18 After much debate it was finally ratified on Jun. 21 1788
19 ORGANIZATION OF GOVERNMENT SEPERATION OF POWERS (the most distinctive part of our government, divides power into 3 parts)1. Article I- The Legislative Branch or Congress (makes the laws)2. Article II- Executive Branch (enforces laws)3. Article III - Judicial Branch (interprets laws)
20 THE CONSTITUTIONa. Federalism the sharing of power between the state and federal governmentb. Checks and balances- keeps one branch of government from getting too much power
21 PreambleWe the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America.