June 21th Class Notes - June 21, 2007 A written...

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June 21, 2007 A written Constitution is a single document that serves as a nation’s supreme law, and that defines and limits the power of government. 4 July, 1776- 2 nd Congress 1781-1789- Articles of Confederation. (U.S. Constitution #1) 1789- Present: Constitution of 1787 (plus amendments) The articles were deliberately weak. This is because they had the fear that government would threaten the liberties of people. I. Examples of weakness a. Government consisted of 1 house congress. (No rep. executive branch, no rep. judicial branch) b. Congress had no power to tax and no power to regulate commerce. Shay’s Rebellion- was an armed uprising in western Massachusetts from 1786 to 1787. The rebels, led by Daniel Shays and known as Shaysites (or Regulators), were mostly small farmers angered by crushing debt and taxes. Failure to repay such debts often resulted in imprisonment in debtor's prisons or the claiming of property by the state. The rebellion started on August 29, 1786. A Massachusetts militia that had been raised as a
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2008 for the course HIST 105 taught by Professor Hightower during the Summer '07 term at Texas A&M University-Galveston.

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June 21th Class Notes - June 21, 2007 A written...

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