Critical Period – 1776-1787I.State Constitutionsa.Kept some of old – provincial assemblies1.Colonial self-government for 150 years2.“their just powers from the consent of the governed”b.Methods – written constitutions1.written by provincial assemblies2.Mass. – town meetings, state conventionsc.Format – dec. of independence + citizen rights + executive/legislative1.weaken powers of governor2.white males with property eligible to voted.Anti-slavery1.Dec. of Indep. Mentions slavery – South forced out2.Mass. 1783 – slave sued “all men are created equal” – freedII.Continental Congressa.1777 – Articles of Confederation – ratified in 1781b.Until ratified – Continental Congress governed1.Lost power as war progressed – most talented returned to statec.Succeses – army, navy, marines, appointed George Washington, supplied armyd.Failure – financing war – taxes optional, money worthless “not worth a Continental”III.Articles of Confederation - failuresa.
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