Chapter 2: The Constitution -Goal of American Revolution was solely liberty -American colonist sought to protect traditional liberties they believed they were entitled to as British subject when signing the Declaration of Independence -^^ Right to bring legal cases before truly independent judges, to be free of the burden of having British troops quartered in their home and to pay no taxes levied by a British parliament in which they had no direct representation -No longer had confidence in the English constitution → these liberties were regularly violated -Unalienable: a human right based on nature or God -Knowing human liberty existed before organized government, the emerging thought in the colonies that the legislative branch should be the superior force in the government -Articles of Confederation: A weak constitution that governed America during the revolutionary war -Under of A of C amendments had to be supported by all 13 states -The national government could not levy taxes under of A of C -The colonists believed that political power should be granted on the basis of a written constitution -Constitutional Convention: a meeting in Philadelphia in 1787 that produced the new constitution
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