HIST 257 course paper FINAL - Campbell 1 Michael Campbell Mr Heyne History 257 5 December 2016 From The United States are to The United States is

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CampbellMichael CampbellMr. Heyne History 257 5 December 2016From The United States are, to The United States isThroughout the course of the first 270 years of American history, from The May Flower landing in Cape Cod to the Compromise of 1877, the United States of America underwent massive transformations. Between overthrowing Great Britain and forming it’s own Federation of States, reshaping its form of government, and expanding westward until they hit Pacific Ocean, the United States of America changed immensely in its early history. The American nation has transformed throughout its existence from a simple federation of states, to a vast and united nation with international power. After its independence from Britain, the American nation was simply numerous states bordering each other. With the help of great historical figures like James Madison, the American nation transformed into one of the most powerful countries on earth. This transformation was spurred on by events and ideas including the American Revolution, the Constitution, and the ideas of Manifest Destiny over the course of the 19thcentury. When the American colonists overthrew Great Britain and declared their independence, they were forced to create their own government in hope to form a way of life that differed from the rule of Great Britain. Thus, the Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation in 1781 as their standing “law of the land”. This form of government was a loose Federation of States that was run through small and local governments. While this style of governing had its advantages it deeply needed reform due to many issues, but the most prominent was the inability to collect taxes. Many great political figures saw the necessity to reform the government and create change that would better the country. Such men included: James Madison, John Jay, and 1
CampbellAlexander Hamilton the authors of The Federalist Papers. These papers were essays and articles that were published in New York newspapers at the time in order to promote the ratification of the Constitution. In James Madison’s “Vices of the Political System” he essentially outlines the flaws in the government under The Articles of Confederation. Madison further goes on to shed light on new and profound ideas that will help establish a new Constitution that will better promote the growth, wellness, and prosperity of the United States of America. The Articles of Confederation barely lasted a decade before political theorists like Madison began devising better ways of governing the people. In Vice number two James Madison states: “Encroachments by the states

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