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.
Trials and errors
1) America had a huge debt:
Couldn’t pay our bills
2) Couldn’t stop fighting between states
America’s 1st national government:
The basic law of the country from 1781 until 1789, when it was replaced by the U.S. Constitution
Established how territories became states
Sale of land to pay national debt & create public schools
Banned Slavery in Northwest Territories
Stirs memories of………..
Almost impossible to change the laws
Our Government was:
It could NOT protect peoples rights to: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
Congress could not:
Raise revenue through taxes
Regulate trade or collect tariffsConflicting Powers of the Articles of Confederation
1788: Constitution ratified by 9 states
Guaranteed by the Bill of Rights
1 - 10
The 1st 10 amendments to the US Constitution
Author James Madison; greatly influenced by two Virginians:
1) George Mason
Virginia Declaration of Rights
2) Thomas Jefferson
Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom
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?