Constitution Paper

Constitution Paper - 1 The Counter-Revolutionary Constitution Sam Regalado HIST 1301W Lisa Norling Tracey Deutsch 2 The American Revolution is seen

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1 The Counter-Revolutionary Constitution Sam Regalado HIST 1301W Lisa Norling/ Tracey Deutsch October 27, 2008
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2 The American Revolution is seen as lasting eight years, from 1775 to 1783. Only the fighting lasted eight years, though. The ideals and events that preceded and followed the Revolution made the actual “revolution” much longer. After the War, the United States struggled to survive as a new nation that had many internal threats in addition to foreign threats. The ideals that arose because of the revolution persisted throughout early American culture, and they threatened the stability of a nation trying to regain order and control. In 1787, the Constitutional Convention met to draw up plans for a new government. This new government would provide a solid base for the United States to mature on. In establishing order, the new government would also have to protect the liberties and ideals that Americans had just gained after winning the war. In essence, the U.S. Constitution had to protect the liberties listed in the Declaration of Independence without becoming what the Declaration had resisted. When examined carefully, one can see that in many ways the Constitution subverts and dampens the deep effect the Declaration of Independence had on the colonists. The Constitution is considered counter-revolutionary to the Declaration of Independence because it restricted liberties, established strict order, and set up a powerful central government which the Declaration had fought to destroy. After winning the Revolutionary War, the Articles of Confederation were established as the basis for the new American government. The Articles protected many liberties that Americans had championed in the War. However, it had a weak central government, and gave
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Constitution Paper - 1 The Counter-Revolutionary Constitution Sam Regalado HIST 1301W Lisa Norling Tracey Deutsch 2 The American Revolution is seen

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