constitution and popular sovereignty Essay

1116 WordsFeb 15, 20145 Pages
DBQ- Development of the United States Constitution to Ensure Popular Sovereignty In 1776 the United States declared its independence from the tyrannical British Empire and has been growing as a nation ever since then. The first constitution that the United States developed as a united country was the Articles of Confederation, which failed horribly. But learning from the mistakes made in the Articles of Confederation the brilliant minds of early America drafted the Constitution, a document that still governs the states to this day with only being amended 27 times. In order to be this successful it was written very broadly with a lot of room for interpretation because every problem couldn’t be addressed. One problem that the Founding…show more content…
On June 8, 1789 one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, James Madison proposed the Bill of rights to the House of Representatives (Document F). He and many other patriots saw that there were certain areas that had not been addressed in the Constitution that left the ability for those who were in the central government to abuse their powers and unreasonably control the American people. Now you have to take into consideration that the American citizens had to battle for years just to be free of the tyrannical powers of the King of England, and they wanted to make sure at all costs that this did not happen again. A constitution that ensured popular sovereignty was the only answer to this dilemma. The Bill of Rights was soon after ratified and it ensured the people liberties such as, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…,” (Document G). These rights given to the people among many others which were not mentioned made it so that the central government could do their job of governing the people, but they also gave the people the right to rebel and speak out against the government if they were being treated unfairly. Without the Bill of Rights being added to the Constitution of this country there would be no
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