The US Constitution: The History Of The American Constitution

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The U.S. Constitution has a unique history. Facing drafts and ratifications it was finally created under the founding fathers in 1787. The constitution is the foundation for the government we have today and influences almost every decision that government officials make. However, before the constitution was influencing, it was influenced. The political, economic, and diplomatic crises of the 1780s not only helped shape America, but also the provisions found the constitution. The creation of our nation and its constitution cost our ancestors not only their lives, but also their money and a few rebellions. Some of the major political crises that shaped the provisions in the constitution were debt, currency decisions and Shays’s Rebellion. After the war was over America had found itself in tremendous debt because of war bonds and overseas debts. With all of these due to be paid back soon, America found itself hurting. To make matters worse the government had no power to tax and had to ask the states for government. Then because the power to tax was held by states and …show more content…

The most lasting effect of this rebellion is best shown in Article 1, Section 8. In this section it states “The Congress shall have Power to lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States…”. This has Shays’s rebellion written all over it. Because of the unfair taxing against the farmers, they have written that all duties, imposts and excises will be equal for everyone. It also states “To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, . . . and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;”. This also address the issue of the farmers wanting paper money to increase the money

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