Confederation and Constitution

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Confederation and Constitution (1781-1789) 1. Move toward equality (How much power do you give the federal government?) a. Social reform – states abolish laws i. Laws of primogeniture (land owner has to pass all of his land to his oldest son when he dies) ii. Laws of entail (property must stay inside a family) iii. Abolitionist movement becomes more popular b. Political reform i. Lower property requirements for voters ii. Increased separation of church and state (religious toleration. People who are not religious, should not have to do anything they don’t want to) 2. State constitutions offer a model for national plan of government a. All state constitutions were written documents b. All had certain basic freedoms (speech, religion, press) c. Power of the executive was reduced 3. Creating the 1 st national government a. Dickinson plan – 1780, first attempt for national govt. Calls for a strong federal government. Calls for equal representation for states in congress. Taxes should be based on a states population size b. Articles of confederation i. Weakness – weak federal government 1. no executive 2. congress did not have the power to require taxes 3. Amendments to the articles required unanimous consent 4. Congress did not have the power to regulate currency or
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Wormer during the Spring '08 term at Texas A&M.

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