The Constitutional Convention

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The Articles of Confederation, adopted in 1781 represented the former colonist’s first attempt to establish a new government after the Revolutionary War. These Articles provided a weak political document that was meant to keep the states united temporarily. The states had all the power, so any changes made to the Article of Confederation would take every state to approve it or amend it. In February 1787, Congress decided that a convention should be convened to revise the Article of Confederation (Constitutional Rights Foundation, 2009). Congress felt the Article of Confederation was not enough to effectively deal with the young nations issues. Congress knew it was time for the country to move forward, and to do that, there would be some big changes ahead, and that was the end of the Articles of Confederation, and the beginning of the created US Constitution. Reasons for the Constitutional Convention After the Revolutionary War, Congress had faced a huge debt. The United States owed money to the French since they aided support to the war. The government did not have a straightforward plan to meet its financial debt. They did not have right to tax; they could only request money, and had no control over commerce. Americans bought bonds to help support the war and in return, would be repaid in full at an agreed-upon interest rate. A government refusing to repay its war debts, including the interest owed to bondholders, would seem untrustworthy to lenders. Citizens would hesitate to invest their savings in U.S. government bonds, or in new businesses, knowing that the government might break its promise to repay or might allow others to do so. In other words, the U.S. government was severely restricted in its capacity t... ... middle of paper ... ...stitutional Rights Foundation. Retrieved Feburary 10, 2014, from The Major Debates at the Constitutional Convention: http://crf-usa.org/bill-of-rights-in-action/bria-25-2-the-major-debates-at-the-constitutional-convention.html Exploring Constitutional Conflicts. (n.d.). The Constitutional Convention of 1787 in Philadelphia. Retrieved February 10, 2014, from The Constituional Convention of 1787: http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/convention1787.html The U.S. National Archives. (n.d.). National Archives. Retrieved February 10, 2014, from Observing Constitutional Day: http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/constitution-day/ratification.html Wadsworth Cengage Learning. (2010). Gateways To Democracy The Essentials. In J. G. Geer, W. J. Schiller, J. A. Segal, & D. K. Glencross, An Introduction To American Government (pp. 43-49). Boston: Suzanne Jeans.
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