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Georgia Constitution of 1777 The Articles of Confederation






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SS8H4. The student will describe the impact of events that led to the ratification of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.. SS8H4 a. Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of both the Georgia Constitution of 1777 and the Articles of Confederation and explain how weaknesses in the Articles of Confederation led to a need to revise the articles..
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1. Georgia Constitution of 1777 & The Articles of Confederation

3. SS8H4 a Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of both the Georgia Constitution of 1777 and the Articles of Confederation and explain how weaknesses in the Articles of Confederation led to a need to revise the articles.

4. EQ: What were the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and the Georgia Constitution of 1777? How did past experiences influence the Articles and the Georgia Constitution of 1777?

5. Georgia Constitution of 1777 Georgia had already had a set of ?rules and regulations? They needed more than ?rules and regulations? In 1777 Georgia adopted a new constitution

6. Under the new constitution: Popular Sovereignty Separation of Powers Legislative: Makes the laws Executive: Enforces the laws Judicial: Interprets the laws

7. The legislative branch had the most power of all three branches Unicameral System (one house) They could enact laws and appoint officials to the judicial and executive branches

9. Power was limited due to the bad experience with Georgia?s royal governors The new governor was elected by the legislature and only spent a year in office (one year term) The governor had power in name only The legislature had all the executive power Veto and grant pardons

10. County Setup The constitution setup 8 counties Each county had its own officials, courthouse, schools, and militia Each county also had a Superior court

11. Problems Many people are still loyal to Britain, and want to see the new government fail New political groups (Whigs) are struggling for power Bad relationships between backcountry and city political groups

12. Duel to the Death Lachlan McIntosh vs. Button Gwinnett May 16, 1777 McIntosh calls Gwinnett ?a scoundrel and lying rascal? Pistol duel outside Savannah Both are wounded: Gwinnett dies 3 days later


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