PoliSci - The Constitution

PoliSci The - The Constitution Jan 10th-17th EARLY CONSTITUTION The Constitution is determined largely by the context of when it was written

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The Constitution Jan 10 th -17 th EARLY CONSTITUTION January 11, 2007 The Constitution is determined largely by the context of when it was written. Changes in the context still reflect established parameters and limitations. Until the Rev, there was little preventing shared ideas in the colonies By Dec of Ind, there was already 150+ years colonial experience (with very separate colonies with poor communications and transportation) o No need for American pride-local colonial pride o French and Indian war brought many together o Tax and enforced trade restrictions from Britain after the war prompted colonies for change and unity o Led to a very conservative revolution, originally with Locke’s views that gov exists to provide for an orderly society (not to over through the monarchy or a social class revolution) o Diff between Europe is that there was little feudalism experience The men who fled to America left feudal conditions for plentiful land Prime of genitor – 1 st born son inherits all (no meaning in context of power in America) o When Rev was won, the gov established reflected these ideas under the Articles of Confederation Articles of the Confederation o Power largely granted to the states o Power in state legislatures over the executive branch (vs. powerful king – feared the corruption of a monarchial-like gov) o Governors served short terms with few powers o Weak national power/central authority Could not levy taxes or regulate interstate commerce Had to depend on states for money, no real national executive or judiciary Laws were dependent on states to be carried out o To amend the rules it required approval of all 13 states o A “Confederation of Independent states” with many problems Hard for the national gov to negotiate treaties while knowing the individual states would comply No money in national gov led to difficulty to raise money for security like a navy to ward off piracy Difficulties with dealing with other countries (like spain blockading the Mississippi river) No uniformed currency Unwilling to lend gov money because not confident that states would pay them back
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Discriminated against states British wouldn’t withdraw troops from the West that wouldn’t
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PSCI 100 taught by Professor Oppenheimer during the Spring '08 term at Vanderbilt.

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PoliSci The - The Constitution Jan 10th-17th EARLY CONSTITUTION The Constitution is determined largely by the context of when it was written

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