The History of the United States Constitution

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After the American Revolution, the United States was strained and in need of a new form of government. Representatives of the colonies decided that there was a need to have a written document that held true to what the union of America stood for. They began with the Articles of Confederation. When the Articles failed to properly organize the country, a new approach was needed. After long nights and many debates the forefather's agreed upon drafting a new Constitution that would hold strong for future generations. The Constitution would provide a set of checks and balances to limit the new branches of the government and also contain a Bill of Rights that defined the most basic of rights for the people of America.

Thirteen British colonies had asserted and established their their independence because they declared the form of government under which they had been living was destructive of their 'unalienable rights' of 'life , liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.' (Farrand, 1913) After much mistreatment by the British government the colonists of America became weary of their leaders. During the Second Continental Congress the Declaration of Independence was drafted. It was only the first step for America to become the strong nation that it is today. Years of fighting against the British armies ensued and finally the Americans won their independence. After much trial and error in the period after the Revolution, the forefather's of the United States drafted the timeless document known as the United States Constitution.
When the Americans won the war the new leaders were aware that they would need to develop a government. The Articles of Confederation were written and adopted by the United States for this purpose. (Harr, 2012...

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