The US Constitution - The US Constitution Threats to the...

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The US Constitution Threats to the new republic and the Philadelphia Convention There were no provisions under the Articles of Confederation for the meeting to take place Many though it was a usurpation of legitimate authority Nonetheless there was a majority vote that the constitution should be amended o The states were in trouble and that called for the amendments to take place State legislature had fallen Debt created problems for not only the national government for the people in all states A time of great and widespread anxiety Many feared that the republican experience would dissolve into anarchy before it really  even got started The alternative was just not acceptable o The republic was unraveling and needed to be saved Threats to the liberties won in the Revolution 1. Factionalism, disorder, rebellion 2. Economic problems 3. State legislatures  Paradox of Republicanism All the Patriots, all those who called themselves republicans because they are committed to establishing  and then sustaining a republic; republicanism requires the consent of the people  The Paradox is that some people were not sure that all the people could be trusted o John Adams was one that thought there should be certain filters on government so that aristocracy  of talent was in charge; he did not think that ALL people should be trusted Constitution 1787
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2008 for the course HIST 315k taught by Professor Seaholm during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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