The Founding Period: Writing of the US Constitution. The Origins of a New Nation. Colonists came to the New World during the 1600s for a variety of reasons including: to escape religious persecution find plentiful land and to seek a new start in life.
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"If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself."
Proposals for representation — the most intense of the debates concerned the relative power of large and small states
Several provisions were adopted that explicitly recognized slavery:
(of speech, of religion, of assembly, and of the press)