The Constitution - 3/5/2010 The Constitution America before...

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3/5/2010 1 The Constitution America before the revolution… America consisted of diverse colonies. Each “State” mattered. Lack of widespread voting rights. White, male, property owners, over 21 A taste of representative democracy, but not a full-blown version. Why did the colonists go to war? Money! Taxation without representation Stamp Act (1765) Boston Tea Party (1773) Calling of the (1 st and 2 nd ) Continental Congress
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3/5/2010 2 Thomas Jefferson Declaration of Independence Statement of colonists’ belief in representative democracy Statement of grievances against British government Principles that shape the Founding Consent of the governed Separation of powers Citizen rights and representation
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3/5/2010 3 Articles of Confederation (a rough draft) Wanted a central government, but one with limited power Heavy emphasis on state’s rights A weak central government “Firm league of friendship” Articles of Confederation Weakness Result No authority to force states to provide military troops No standing army No regulation of commerce Economic quarrels among states No authority to tax citizens Government always short of money. No judicial system
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