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Starting a New Nation. Trials and errors. The Young Nation. Should the new nation be 13 independent countries or is it one united country?. The Young Nation. During the Constitutional Era, the Americans made two attempts to establish a workable government based on republican principles.

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starting a new nation

Starting a New Nation

Trials and errors

the young nation
The Young Nation
  • Should the new nation be 13 independent countries or is it one united country?
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The Young Nation
  • During the Constitutional Era, the Americans made two attempts to establish a workable government based on republican principles.
  • American political leaders, fearful of a powerful central government like Britain’s, created the Articles of Confederation, adopted at the end of the war.
failure of the articles
Failure of the Articles

1) America had a huge debt:

Couldn’t pay our bills

2) Couldn’t stop fighting between states

Not United

the achievements of the confederation congress
The Achievements of the Confederation Congress
  • In November of 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the. Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union.
  • This was a plan for a loose union of the states under Congress.
  • The Articles set up a weak central government
  • The Confederation Congress met just once a year.
the articles of confederation
The Articles of Confederation

America’s 1st national government:

The basic law of the country from 1781 until 1789, when it was replaced by the U.S. Constitution

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The Achievements of the Confederation Congress
  • The Confederation Congress had the power to declare war, raise armies, and sign treaties.
  • It did not have the power to impose taxes or regulate trade.
  • The only way the Congress had to raise money to pay its debts was to sell its land west of the Appalachian Mountains.
  • Congress arranged this land into townships to make it easier to divide, sell, and govern.
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The Achievements of the Confederation Congress
  • The Congress also set up the Northwest Ordinanceas a basis for governing much of this territory.
  • The ordinance created a new territory north of the Ohio River and east of the Mississippi River, which could become three to five states.
  • When the population of a territory reached 60,000, it could apply to become a state.
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The Achievements of the Confederation Congress
  • The ordinance guaranteed certain rights to the people living there, and it banned slavery.
  • The Confederation Congress negotiated trade treaties with European countries and by 1790 the US trade was greater than before the Revolution.
northwest ordinance
Northwest Ordinance

Established how territories became states

Sale of land to pay national debt & create public schools

Banned Slavery in Northwest Territories

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The Achievements of the confederation Congress
  • Why was the Northwest Ordinance set up?
  • It was set up to govern the territory north of the Ohio River and east of the Mississippi River.
the congress falters
The Congress Falters
  • After the Revolutionary War, British merchants flooded American markets with inexpensive British goods which drove many American artisans out of business.
  • American states imposed duties (taxes) on imported goods.
  • The states did not all impose the same taxes so the British would land their goods at the states with the lowest taxes or restrictions.
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The Congress Falters
  • Because the Confederation Congress could not regulate commerce, the states set up customs posts on their borders and levied taxes on other states’ goods.
  • This weakness of the Confederation threatened the union of the states.
  • The federal government had no powers over the states and could not force them to pay their debts to Britain or return Loyalist property.
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The Congress Falters
  • The British retaliated by refusing to leave American soil as promised in the treaty.
  • Since Congress could not regulate trade, it could not force the British into settlement.
  • The end of the Revolutionary War and the slowdown of economic activity with Britain caused a severe recession in the United States.
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The Congress Falters
  • To pay for the war, many states had issued bonds as a way to borrow money.
  • To pay back the bondholders, many people urged the states to issue paper money.
  • States did not have the gold and silver to back paper money and so the paper money greatly declined in value.
shays s rebellion
Shays‘s Rebellion
  • Shays’s Rebellion broke out in Massachusetts.
  • It started when the government of Massachusetts decided to raise taxes to pay off its debt instead of issuing paper money.
  • The taxes hurt the farmers most and those who could not pay their taxes and other debts lost their farms.
  • Daniel Shays led the rebellion.
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Shays’s Rebellion
  • Causes:
  • Increased taxes
  • Foreclosure on farms by banks

Stirs memories of………..

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Shays’s Rebellion
  • They went to a state arsenal to get weapons.
  • A government militia defended the arsenal killing four farmers.
  • Many Americans began to see the risk of having a weak central government.
  • They called for a change in government.
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Shays’s Rebellion
  • Effects:
    • Convinces people of the need to Strengthen national government
congress falters
Congress Falters
  • What weaknesses of the Confederation Congress led to a call for change in the United States government?
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Congress Falters
  • The Confederation Congress could not regulate commerce, so the states set up customs posts on their borders and levied taxes on other states’ goods to raise money. The federal government had no powers over the states so it could not force the states to pay their debts to Britain or Loyalists. Congress had no way to raise money to pay these debts or work out diplomatic solutions with Great Britain and Spain.
weaknesses of the articles of confederation
Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation
  • Provided for a weak national government
  • Gave Congress no power to tax or regulate commerce among the states
  • Provided for no common currency
  • Gave each state one vote regardless of size
  • Provided for no executive or judicial branches of government
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Failure of the Articles

Almost impossible to change the laws

Our Government was:

Too Weak

It could NOT protect peoples rights to: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

conflicting powers of the articles of confederation
Congress could:

Raise armies

Declare War

Sign treaties

Congress could not:

Raise revenue through taxes

Regulate trade or collect tariffs

Conflicting Powers of the Articles of Confederation
articles of confederation
Articles of Confederation
  • Went against Congress’s explicit wish to revise the govt. not replace it, states were now in danger of losing their sovereignty.
  • In effect, U.S. government was peacefully overthrown
the constitutional convention
The Constitutional Convention
  • Leaders were all appointed by the state legislatures, whose members had been elected by voters who could qualify as property owners.
  • 55 delegates convened on May 25, 1787 in the Philadelphia statehouse , most all were men of high prestige and conservative
  • Jefferson, in Paris, called the group a “convention of demigods”
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The Constitutional Convention
  • People who supported a stronger central government were called nationalists.
  • George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, JamesMadison, and Alexander Hamilton were among the prominent nationalists.
  • Hamilton suggested that a convention of states be set up to revise the Articles of Confederation.
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The Constitutional Convention
  • All states, except Rhode Island, sent delegates to the Constitutional Convention held in Philadelphia in 1787.
  • Most of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention had experience in government.
  • George Washington was presiding officer.
  • James Madison kept records of the debates.
  • The meetings were closed to the public.
two plans for government
Two Plans for Government
  • Virginia Plan
    • Bicameral Legislature
    • # of Reps based on population
    • Big State Plan
the virginia plan
The Virginia Plan
  • James Madison created the Virginia Plan which proposed that the legislature be divided into two houses (bicameral)
  • Members of both houses would reflect that state’s population.
  • It proposed a national government consisting of a legislative, executive, and a judicial branch
  • National government had power to tax.
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Two plans for government
  • New Jersey Plan
    • Unicameral Legislature
    • 1 state = 1 vote
    • Small State Plan
the new jersey plan
The New Jersey Plan
  • Congress would have a single house.
  • Modified the Articles of Confederation
  • Congress would have power to tax and regulate trade.
  • Small states insisted that each state had to have an equal vote in Congress
  • Northern and Southern states disagreed over how to treat slavery in the constitution.
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The Constitutional Convention
  • In What ways did the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan differ?
  • The Virginia Plan wanted to throw out the Articles of confederation, while the New Jersey Plan wanted to revise the Articles of confederation. The Virginia Plan called for two houses of Congress with representation based on a state’s population. The New Jersey Plan called for one house with equal representation. The Virginia Plan called for three branches of government, whereas the New Jersey Plan did not.
a union built on compromise
A Union Built on Compromise
  • The delegates of the Constitutional Convention were divided geographically.
  • The small states wanted changes that would protect them against the big states.
  • Northern and Southern states were divided over the issue of slavery in the new constitution.
  • A Compromise was needed.
  • Great Compromise (Connecticut)
    • Population and Equality based legislature
    • House of Representatives control taxation
  • Three-Fifths Compromise
    • North: Slaves should not count in population totals
    • South: Smaller population would lead to northern domination
    • Compromise: Slaves will count as 3/5 of a person for representation
compromises cont
Compromises Cont.
  • Most northerners and many southerners believed slavery would eventually die out.
  • Most northerners also believed blacks inferior and could work only as menial laborers.
the connecticut compromise the great compromise
The Connecticut Compromise (The Great Compromise)
  • Congress voted to proceed with the Virginia Plan with the purpose of working on a new constitution for the United States.
  • In one house of Congress the states would be represented according to size.
  • In the other house, (the Senate), each state would have equal representation.
  • The eligible voters would elect the House of Representatives, but the state legislatures would choose senators.
  • Great Compromise
    • 2 Houses
    • House of Reps:
      • Population Based
    • Senate:
      • Equal Reps
the three fifths compromise
The Three-Fifths Compromise
  • Every five slaves would count as three free persons for determining representatives and taxes.
  • The new Congress could not ban the slave trade until 1808.
convention compromises
Convention Compromises
  • 3/5 Compromise
    • North vs South
    • Issue: Are slaves people or property?
    • 5 slaves = 3 votes
additional compromises
Additional Compromises
  • Slave Trade: End in 1808
  • Export Tax
  • Electoral College
ratifying the constitution


Ratifying the Constitution

Washington, Madison, Hamilton

George Mason Patrick Henry

Oppose Ratification

Support Ratification

Afraid of a loss of state and individual rights

Federalist Papers

  • Supporters of the new Constitution
  • Merchants, urban, upper-class, seacoast, commercial interests
  • Washington, Madison, Jay, Marshall
federalist papers
Federalist Papers
  • Series of articles by Madison, Jay, and Hamilton in support of Constitution (“Publius”)
  • Madison’s “Federalist 10” considered to be one of the greatest political documents written
anti federalist
  • Opposed the new government
  • Infringement of natural rights
  • Agrarian, western, states rights supporters
  • George Mason, Patrick Henry, Sam Adams, Richard Henry Lee
  • Who controls the country: the national government or the state governments
  • Bill of Rights
the winner
The Winner
  • If it would have been a popularity contest the Anti-Federalist would have won hands down……….. But, it wasn’t!!!!!
  • By 1788, 9 states had ratified the Constitution
  • Remaining states join because they don’t want to be left out
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The Winner

The Federalists

1788: Constitution ratified by 9 states

conservative victory
Conservative Victory
  • New Government created to check the excesses of the Mob (common people)
  • Federal judges appointed for life
  • President elected indirectly by Electoral College
  • Senators chosen indirectly by state legislatures
bill of rights
Bill of Rights
  • Anti-Federalist victory…
  • Guaranteed certain rights that the government could never infringe upon
individual rights
Individual Rights

Guaranteed by the Bill of Rights

1 - 10

The 1st 10 amendments to the US Constitution

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Bill of Rights
  • Guaranteed freedoms
  • 1-9: Personal Freedoms
  • 10: Reserved powers of the states
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Bill of Rights

Author James Madison; greatly influenced by two Virginians:

1) George Mason

Virginia Declaration of Rights

2) Thomas Jefferson

Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom

constitutional principles
Constitutional Principles
  • Federalism
  • Separation of Powers
    • Checks and Balances
  • Individual Rights
  • The new constitution was based on the principle of Popular sovereignty, or rule by the people.
  • It created a system of government known as federalism. (It divided government power between the state government and the national).
  • It provided for a separation of powers
  • The two houses of Congress made up the legislative branch (made laws).
  • The executive branch, headed by the president (implements and enforces laws)
  • The judicial branch, federal courts, would interpret federal laws
  • No one serving in one branch could serve in the other branches at the same time
checks and balances
Checks and Balances
  • Each branch of government had the ability to limit the power of the other branches
  • President can veto bills, appoint judges, and propose legislation
  • Congress can override vetoes, approve or reject appointments, and impeach, formally accuse of misconduct, and then remove the president or any high official in the executive or judicial branch.
  • The judicial branch interprets laws and serves for life.
constitution congress
Constitution Congress
  • Created a system for making amendments, or changes to the Constitution.
  • Supporters of the Constitution were known as Federalists
  • Opponents to the Constitution were known as Antifederalists
  • James Madison’s promise to add a bill of rights helped Virginia and New York vote in favor of the Constitution.
  • Shared Power between the National government & State governments


Delegated Powers

Reserved Powers

Concurrent Powers

National Government

State Government


delegated powers
Delegated Powers

Declare War

Print Money

Inter-State Commerce

reserved powers
Reserved Powers

Marriage Laws

Driving Laws


concurrent powers
Concurrent Powers



Borrowing Money

government structure
Government Structure
  • Separation of Federal Powers
strong executive
Strong Executive
  • Enforcer of laws
  • Powers:
    • Commander in Chief
    • Appointment: Check on Judicial and Legislative branches.
    • Veto of Legislation: Check on Legislature
  • Congress: Makers of Laws
    • House of Representatives: Popularly elected
    • Senate: Every state has 2
  • Can override presidential veto with 2/3 vote
checks on executive branch
Checks on Executive Branch
  • Can override presidential veto
  • Confirms executive appointments
  • Ratifies treaties
  • Declares war
  • Appropriates money
  • Impeachment
checks on judicial branch
Checks on Judicial Branch
  • Creates lower courts
  • Can impeach and remove judges
  • Can propose amendments to overrule judicial decisions
  • Approves appointments of federal judges
  • Supreme Court: Interpret the laws
  • Judicial Review
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Checks on Executive Branch
  • Can declare actions unconstitutional
checks on legislative branch
Checks on Legislative Branch
  • Declare acts of Congress illegal
key issues
Key Issues
  • Made federal law the supreme law but gave leeway to states to govern themselves.
  • Balanced power between large and small states (Senate where each state gets 2 senators and House of Representatives with membership based on population)
  • Placated Southern states by counting slaves as 3/5 of population
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Key Issues
  • Established three co-equal branches of government with checks and balances: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial.
  • Limited powers of federal government to those identified in the Constitution.
a framework for limited government
A Framework for Limited Government
  • The Constitution has a system for making amendments, or changes to the Constitution.
  • There is a two-step process for amending the Constitution-proposal and ratification.
  • New amendments can be proposed by a vote of two-thirds of the members of both houses of Congress, or two-thirds of the states can call a constitutional convention to propose new amendments.
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A Framework for Limited Government
  • A proposed amendment must be ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures or by conventions in three-fourths of the states.
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A Framework for Limited Government
  • How does the Constitution provide for a separation of powers?
  • It provides for three branches of government. The legislative branch makes the laws. It is made up of the two houses of Congress. The executive branch enforces the laws. It is headed by a president. The judicial branch interprets federal laws. It is made up of a system of federal courts.
constitution questions to know
Constitution: Questions to know

1)Explain how the Articles of Confederation reflected the Colonists attitude to British government.

2)Can you identify the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation? What factors led to the creation of the Constitution?

questions to know continued
Questions to Know (continued)
  • What was the importance of the Northwest Ordinance?
  • How did the delegates in Philadelphia balance their many different interests?
  • What were the arguments for and against the ratification of the Constitution?
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Questions to Know (continued)
  • What is the purpose of the Bill of Rights? What were the ideas based on?
  • What are the defining principles behind the Constitution?