Saturday, May 16, 2020

The Writing Of The Constitution - 1351 Words

After the Revolutionary War and overthrow of the British government within the colonies, a sense of national sovereignty echoed throughout the people. When the colonist realized their first attempt at a governing document: the Articles of Confederation, was not sufficient as a strong means of regulation by the national government, a Constitutional Convention was called in order to amend the Articles to be more efficient. Instead, the 55 state representatives decided an entirely new document would do a better job of governing the states. By constructing this document, James Madison hoped to establish a country that worked â€Å"in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense,†¦show more content†¦The British were still thought to win considering they previously beat the French in the French and Indian war, they had the most powerful military as well as the largest world empire. Countless battles were fough t between the British and colonists and as the war came to a close, the colonist came out on top with the most significant victory of the time. As a new nation, building a governing system capable of ruling was easier said than done. The first attempt at a governing document for the United States was the Articles of Confederation. The Articles gave each state complete independence and gave the national government little power to regulate commerce and trade. Article II of the Articles of Confederation states, â€Å"Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom and independence, and every Power, Jurisdiction and right, which is not by this confederation expressly delegated to the United States, in Congress assembled† . In addition, the plan for state representation within the federal government was as follows, â€Å"In determining questions in the United States, in Congress assembled, each state shall have one vote.† This idea was flawed because no matter the size, representation or population, each state had the same voice within the national government. This resulted in many douts regarding issues such as land w hich had been won as a result of the war. Since the national

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