History Of The Constitution, The Foundation Of Our National Government

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Maddison Shaw
Mr. Ron Ramage
Honors English III
20 April 2015
History of the Constitution
The U.S. constitution is the foundation of our national government. On September 17, 1787 it was signed by the delegates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia ("The U.S. Constitution"). By signing this, the Constitution replaced the first governing document called the Articles of Confederation. Before it could be passed, it had to be ratified by nine of the thirteen states. Soon after the Constitution was finally ratified, in 1791 the government decided to add the Bill of Rights to the Constitution (Bill of Rights of the United States of America (1791)). After the Constitution was written, many of the great delegates or "framers" called it a miracle. America 's first national government, the Articles of Confederation, was ratified in 1781 ("The U.S. Constitution"). While under the Articles of Confederation, the states were acting as self-ruling or self-reliant countries. The national government was composed of only one legislature, the Congress of Confederation. There was no judicial or executive branch. The Articles of Confederation limited the powers of congress. They did not have the authority to impose their requests to the states for money or troops. Then after America won the Revolutionary war, which granted America 's freedom from Great Britain, it became clear that America was in need of a stronger and more stable national government. Then a lawyer from New York,…
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