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Constitution Part 1 - What events led to the writing of the...

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What events led to the writing of the Constitution and what was the process that led to ratification? Would it be possible to hold a convention today that is similar to the convention held in Philadelphia? Is the Constitution a great theoretical document written by great political thinkers or is it primarily an economic and practical document driven by the founders self- interest? What are the consequences of the Constitution? How does the Constitution favor the status quo? Why has the Constitution lasted as long as it has? Colonial Experience - England had created the thirteen colonies - Leadership appointed by the King of England - American colonies generally enjoyed relatively high levels of autonomy - Diminished under the reign of King George III - Taxation was a particularly explosive issue - The Declaration of Independence signaled an effort by the colonists to regain freedoms that had been limited by the King - British rule lost legitmacy – had to rely on coercive rule Articles of Confederation -
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  • Spring '08
  • ScottJ.Lasley
  • great political thinkers, high levels, Constitution Virginia plan, coercive rule Articles, England American colonies

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