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Transcript of Constitution
believe that the President and Congress would have too much power.
The Anti-Feds. want a Bill of Rights included into the Constitution.
Amendments allow change to the Constitution
Is it for you?
“I am exceedingly distressed at the proceedings of the Convention—being ... almost sure, they will ... lay the foundation of a Civil War.”
— Elbridge Gerry (Massachusetts Delegate), 1787
Anti-Federalist want less control!
What is the Constitution?
Amendments make the Difference!
The Constitution is a fairly brief document which outlines the basic principles upon which our government was built.
The Constitution is split into three parts; Preamble, Articles, and Amendments.
the introduction of the Constitution, basically the Preamble states the purpose of the Constitution.
7 articles that outline the characteristics of our government
September 17, 1787
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Federalists and Anti-Federalist react!
How Many Times has the Constitution been amended?
state that the Articles are too weak.
A strong government would solve problems
Power must be separated, to prevent abuse.
Alexander Hamilton and James Madison create
the Federalists' arguments for ratification were summarized in "The Federalist"
Which Amendment/s has had the biggest impact on you? Explain your answer.
1st - 10th
Bill of Rights
13th, 14th, & 15th
Civil War Amendments
18th & 21st
19th & 26th
A Framework for Limited Government
The New Constitution was based on the idea of
or rule by the people rather than a direct democracy, a system of representation.
Separation of powers
was a major addition to the Constitution. The Separation included; t
he Legislative branch, with two houses of Congress; the Senate and the House of Representatives,
Executive Branch which is headed by the President
, and t
he Judicial Branch, which is a system of federal courts.
makes the laws. Has the power to impeach any federal official.
implement and enforce the laws passed by Congress.
interprets federal laws and render judgment in cases involving those laws
Checks and balances
a system to prevent any one of the three branches from becoming too powerful. Each branch has the ability to limit the power of another system.
Articles of Confederation
Adopted by the Continental Congress November 1777
Once a year, delegates from each state would meet in the capital city.
There was only the Congress, no executive or judicial branches.
Congress had the right to declare war, raise armies, and sign treaties.
Congress could not regulate trade or raise taxes, these powers were held by the states. This lack of power weakened the Congress
Problems with the Articles
Since Congress lacked the power to tax, the federal government relied on states for funding.
Congress also decided to sell land to raise money
Land Ordinance of 1785
arranged land into townships.
Congress passed the
which created the territory.
Area north of the Ohio River and east of the Mississippi River. 60,000 people needed for state hood.
Protected civil liberties and banned slavery in the new territory.
What gives a government authority?
Key terms (use your book to define these)
separation of powers
checks and balances
Bill of Rights
In January 1787,
Daniel Shay leads 1,200 farmers to seize weapons in Massachusetts.
The conflict was
triggered when the state government of Massachusetts decided to issue more taxes instead of issuing paper money.
The rebellion was resolved by local militia, but
the rebellion alarmed people with greater income and they saw this as a sign that the republic was at risk.
The Constitutional Convention
In February 1787, Congress called for a convention of the states "for the sole purpose of revision the Articles of Confederation."
55 delegates attended the convention and were mostly attorneys, planters, or merchants.
The delegates chose George Washington as the presiding officer.
The Virginia and New Jersey Plans
The Great Compromise
Compromise Over Slavery
Wanted to count enslaved people for purposes of population. (every 40,000 people counted as a vote in the House of Representatives)
Said that slaves should count for tax purposes.
Every five enslaved persons would count as three free persons to determine both representation and taxes.
changes to the Constitution.