What’s in The News? Road to The United States Constitution.
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What’s in The News?
Road to The United States Constitution.
America’s search for a plan of national government was a slow,
difficult process. Compromise, cooperation, and creativity were required
as the Americans moved from being colonials in a patriarchal monarchy
to citizen-leaders in a representative republic of federal states. Most
of this process took place in the midst of a long, revolutionary war.
Not only were these “the times that try men’s souls,” in the words of
Thomas Paine, they were also the times that tested Americans’ intellects
and practical political skills in creating a strong, national,
The Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation, the
first constitution of the United States, on November 15, 1777, but the
states did not ratify them until March 1, 1781. The Articles created a
loose confederation of sovereign states and a weak central government,
leaving most of the power with the state governments.
Divisions among the states and even local rebellions threatened to
destroy the fruits of the Revolution. Nationalists, led by James
Madison, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James
Wilson, almost immediately began working toward strengthening the
federal government. They turned a series of regional commercial
conferences into a national constitutional convention at Philadelphia in