The Constitution and Federalism. The Philadelphia (Constitutional) Convention of 1787. May 25, 1787: 55 delegates from 12 of the 13 States (Rhode Island did not send a representative) met in Philadelphia Purpose: To revise (edit/change) the Articles of Confederation
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The Constitution and Federalism
Patrick Henry, Samuel Adams, John Hancock
Supported states having most of the power (weak national govt)
Feared a single executive would turn into a king/tyrant
Strict interpretation of Constitution – If it doesn’t say it, the national govt can’t do it!
**Demanded a Bill of Rights to protect civil liberties**
2. Popular Sovereignty
Judicial review was established in 1803 with the Marbury vs. Madison court case.