The first and foremost purpose of the constitutional amendments is to accommodate the current and significant changes in the society today. The constitutional amendments cover up the loopholes that our founding fathers may have evaded during the writing of the constitution. For instance, the first constitutional amendment drafted in 1789 and passed in 1791 prohibited any declaration of law that encloses individuals to certain rights and freedoms like religion and freedom of speech. The fact is, the initial written constitution was blind to these rights and thus the amendment played a role or correcting this misrepresented law. The second purpose of constitutional amendment is to allow flexibility of the constitution.
Ironically this document was not sent directly to the British Government, and was instead only distributed across the American colonies. In this way the document functioned as a rallying point about which large numbers of the colonists flocked. This purpose is reflected within the document itself; it was written in (for the period) simple language that would be easier for an average literate individual to understand. Its straight-forward approach to diction also made it easier for messengers to read aloud to the illiterate masses. Although we now see this declaration as a founding document of our nation, at the time it was written it was tantamount to treason.
As well as writing the Declaration of Independence and serving as our president of the U.S., Thomas Jefferson invented and improved many things that we now use that will help us and advance technology we have today. Many of Jefferson’s inventions are hard to determine whether he was the first one to invent it or not because he never patented his work. One of his inventions is a mechanical pedometer. A pedometer is a tracker used to count your steps in order to promote and motivate you to exercise more. Some people refer to them as “Tomish Meters.” Today, pedometers are not used often, but will most likely become more popular in the future.
For centuries, freedom of religion in America has been an integral foundation in its society’s works; Europeans fled their own countries, where they were oppressed by forced faith, to seek religious asylum in a country which prided itself on allowing individuals to establish their own beliefs, and practise any religion that they choose. The US was the first Western nation not to be founded upon a predominantly Catholic belief system, and was instead led by Protestants. This in itself demonstrates the independence of American society, and its defiance of other countries’ traditions. In Post War America, however (1918 onwards), religious barriers began to be broken down. This period is the one in which ‘the Great Gatsby’ is set, the ‘Roaring
This convention aimed to fix all problems with the Articles of Confederation. However this idea was eventually scrapped and they wrote a whole new constitution. This constitution would protect America from tyranny, so they could keep a civilized and united country. The Constitution that was made helped defend America from almost all types of tyranny and is still helping us hundreds of years later. One way the Constitution prevented tyranny is by supporting Federalism.
There are many reasons why England’s colonies were found but I believe the colonies were founded because of different religious beliefs, lack of resources, and just expanding rule not only in England but in another territory. The first settlers from England left their homeland because of their different views on religion, so rather than being tried for different crimes in England they came to North America. America was also full of resources that England didn’t have due to the climate. These resources made thee English government to expand the country’s rule in other territories, so the country’s journeyman settled in different colonies along the eastern seaboard. The colonies had trouble growing crops at first, but they eventually got the
The Revolutionary War gave reason for America’s unification, but the diversity of America made it impossible for one unified culture to emerge. By 1700, the New England and Chesapeake colonies had evolved into two distinct societies contrary to their predominantly English populations, but these differences did not happen quickly. Rather, they were the result of the colonists’ intentions during colonization, their distinct environments, and their different social and political inequalities. The New England and Chesapeake colonies began to develop into two distinct societies from their very beginnings due to the intentions of their respective colonists during colonization. For instance, many of the colonists from the New England colonies were Puritans and came for religious freedoms.
Hammurabi’s Laws During the 18th century, our social codes would be changed forever. In Mesopotamia, King Hammurabi of Babylon created was we know as the first set of laws to establish swift justice and order among the people. Believing it was his divine duty to bring about truth, he wrote 282 codes of law that were the basis of laws we still use today. Without the Code of Hammurabi, who knows what social order would’ve been like for the last couple hundred years (if it wasn’t scary enough now). King Hammurabi believed it was his absolute purpose in life to make sure that chaos did not come upon society, sent from the gods themselves; “When the god Marduk commanded me to provide just ways for the people of the land in order to attain appropriate behavior, I established truth and justice as the declaration of the land, I enhanced
From that idea the rest of the Constitution worked, and that led to great success. America obtained its independence by winning the Revolutionary war against Great Britain, soon after the Articles of Confederation was signed. Those articles were America’s first Constitution and even though when it was written the founding fathers believed it to be something useful to the country it was the exact opposite. The Articles of Confederation was written in such a way that each state had power over their own territory and what happened there. The national government, on the other hand, had no power, but the ability to ask the states for things.
The Declaration of Independence was the most crucial outcome of the revolution for it marked the true birth of The United States of America. The Declaration of Independence illustrated the reasons to why colonies should break away from Britain; it states that people have rights that cannot be taken away, lists the complaints against the king, argues that the colonies have to be free to protect the colonists’ rights, states that people have the right to form new governments if their rights aren’t being fully practiced, and recognizes the equality among all American citizens. Although this document wasn't fully recognized for multiracial Americans, laws were later on recognized and passed for all American citizens. It was declared on July 4, 1776 and recognized by Great Britain in September 3,
Noah Stevens Professor James Maggio POS 1041 30 September 2016 Over three-hundred years ago The United States had to quickly make a constitution, and decided upon the Articles of Confederation. The United States started out like an experiment for the World. This experiment was what our Government will become, there was not a defined path on what our future will behold. The path to present day for The United States was a rough one, but the experiment turned out to be a success in the end. One of these rough patches was the Articles of Confederation, which taught us that a balance of power is of great importance.
First of all, one civil liberty that was exempt from the colonists reaches was taxation without representation. After the French and Indian War the British were had a gargantuan debt! In order to pay off such a huge debt they imposed new taxes and enforced old ones. Great Britain thought that it was allowed to pass laws like these, because Britain had protected the colonists therefore the colonists have to give obedience. Laws like the Stamp Act, Sugar Act, Tea Act, and along with the British being oblivious to colonists’ pleas to change the harsh laws (Document 2) allowed
In the U.S. Constitution, it reads, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” For most of history, as discussed, not many people thought that things happening around them could even partially qualify for the defined “cruel and unusual punishments” or “excessive fines.” Everybody seemed to live with a “you get what you get” attitude. That is, until the defendants in the Weems v. United States case got the idea that maybe the definition could change with time, which was a whole new idea at the time. As people became more civilized and the use of torture and other such horrific acts faded away, they argued that what was considered cruel and unusual could evolve to include things that would have been considered fair in the past, such as how other laws and public opinions evolved (Weems v. United States). For example, the death penalty was almost commonplace and long enough ago, it was even a form of macabre entertainment for some. This contrasts heavily with today’s feelings on the death penalty, with the most common Americans feeling that it should only be used in extreme cases, and some feeling that it should be outlawed entirely.
About a century later, during the 1630’s, the Puritans decided that the best way to reform was to emigrate away from the Church of England. Author David Hall claims “excitement ran high that a new kind of society was being created, a community without “the unclean conversation of the wicked” as Thomas Weld reported to his former parishioners in England.” They called this society “New England” and the puritans were one of the many religious movements able to escape to it, but their historical timing was in no way unique. The Puritans eventually realized that they’re next step was developing their society, shaping its system to fit their beliefs. To control this while still allowing independence, they were going to have to coincide with other fellow Puritan’s opinions. According to David Hall there are 4 major questions you have to ask, whether “Puritanism was coherent, if they were authoritarians, creed and Practice, and finally how relevant and important religion was in people’s changing lives.” These questions were the very basics that lead the Puritan’s to emigrate to a society where they were able to express themselves freely, unfortunately, the religion changed along with a new generation, continuing the
First Semester Research Paper During the 19th century, there was a period of time where white settlers in the United States thought expanding throughout all of North America was justified. The Americans also thought it was their divine right to expand and that it was inevitable. This is just another instance where the Americans took the Native Americans for granted. The Native Americans shouldn 't have been kicked out because they had nowhere else to go, the settlers had peace treaties with the tribes and the reasons for pushing them out were illogical. One reason the white settlers did not have the right to move so rapidly was because the Native Americans physically had nowhere else to go.