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Framers Of The U.S. Constitution

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Framers of the U.S. Constitution On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed. The thirteen colonies were no longer under King George III rule. It was a new world that needed a new type of leadership. On July 12, 1776 the Second Congress proposed the Articles of Confederation. The articles were ratified by all thirteen states on March 1, 1781. Under the Articles of Confederation each state had its own sovereignty. And the central government was to provide thing such as national security, treaties, courts, and currency. However the government could not tax. If the states didn't pay their bills to the government there was nothing the government could do about it. This is just one of many reasons why the Articles didn't work. In 1786 Virginia tried to get the Articles modified by holding a meeting known as the Annapolis Conference. This meeting failed because only five states sent delegates. A few months later another meeting was held in Philadelphia. The meeting in Philadelphia was successful, it is known as the Constitutional Conventional. James Madison went to the meeting in Philadelphia it was his idea to create the United States in a republican model. The people would have the power in the form of representatives. Madison and his fellow Virginians came up with the details and a plan for the new government, it was known as the Virginia Plan. And Madison became known as the father of the constitution. After Hamilton presented his plan to the convention, many other plans and compromises were written. The Great Compromise, Patterson and the New Jersey Plan, Hamilton and The British Plan, and the North-South Compromise. The framers had four major goals for the constitution. They wanted to create a strong government that would be able to meet the need's of the nation. Yet they wanted to keep the existence of the separate states. They also didn't want to threaten liberty. And lastly they wanted to create a government that everyone could agree upon. All of the framer of the U.S. Constitution had one thing in common, they all felt that the government didn't have enough power. At the same time they didn't want to give the government to much power. They all knew if there was power to be held someone was going to hold it and over use it The framers didn't want to create a system like Britain or England.

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  • Explains that the declaration of independence was signed in 1776 and the articles of confederation was ratified by all thirteen states on march 1, 1781.
  • Describes james madison's idea to create the united states in a republican model. madison and his fellow virginians came up with the details of the virginia plan.
  • Explains that after hamilton presented his plan to the convention, many other plans and compromises were written.
  • Explains that the framers had four major goals for the constitution. they wanted to create a strong government that could meet the needs of the nation.
  • Explains how the framers of the u.s. constitution felt that the government didn't have enough power, and created limits on government through checks and balances, grants and denials.
  • Explains that although all of the plans and compromises were written with different views, they did share one common thought: that the government should be separated into different categories or departments.
  • Explains that each of the three branches overlaps in power and checks each other's power. for example, congress has power over the presidency and vice versa.
  • Explains that the framers were concerned with protecting liberty, which was one of their major goals for the constitution. the denials of power were used to restrict the government.
  • Explains that the framers didn't want people who would later come into government to be able to give themselves more power. a proposed amendment would only become a law if three fourths of state conventions or state legislators ratified it.
  • Explains how the framers limited government through the bill of rights, which became the first ten amendments of the constitution.
  • Explains that freedom of speech and press comes with responsibilities. libel and slander can be grounds for a lawsuit.
  • Explains that the framers had many goals for the constitution. they were able to protect people's liberty through the bill of rights and grants and denials.
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