Civil Unrest Of The United States

2297 WordsJun 21, 201510 Pages
From its conception, the United States of America has been in a very unique position of being able to develop in any fashion. Under another group of intelligent minds it could have been far different from the democratic-republic that we know it to be today. A key factor in the development of this government was time. Although there would be some civil unrest in the years following the War of Independence, the next major outbreak of violence would not occur until the French Revolution. These circumstances alleviated pressure to establish a strict system of government, and gave the opportunity for trial and error. In examining the early failures of legislation, understanding what was wanted, and what concessions were needed, you can start to…show more content…
For states like Maryland and New York, civic duties and powers were limited to the wealthy elite. In contrast, states with a broader middle class, like New Jersey and Pennsylvania, favored a larger voting population with less restrictive requirements to participate, and limited the power given to elected officials. State constitutions laid the groundwork for the next stage of development, a federal government. The Articles of Confederation were just as important as the Declaration of Independence in helping to establish the legitimacy of separating from England and becoming a new nation, but the document was not without its shortcomings. The biggest concern of the Continental Congress was ensuring that any system created would be protected from potential despotism. The weak framework of the Articles could be viewed as their focus on what they didn’t want, instead of focusing on what they really needed. This wasn’t a document concerning one nation, it was a contract between thirteen nations to ally against outside repression. For those with a strong sense of state pride, the problems apparent throughout the Articles of Confederation could be ignored. The federal government wasn’t weak, they said. It was limited. It was designed to protect citizens from tyranny, and in that regard it was very successful. As oppression was the biggest concern, it was repeatedly addressed in each issue. By restricting military to state
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