History has molded our present and determined our future as a country. The history of America has molded this country into what it is known today as, “the land of freedom” or “one of the best countries in the world”. One of the biggest roles that have come into play is America’s wars; some major wars were the Revolutionary War and the Civil war. As for the Revolutionary War it lasted 8 years from 1775 to 1783, the war began as a disagreement over the way in which Great Britain treated the colonies versus the way the colonist felt they should be treated, the Americans felt that the 13 colonies deserved all the rights of Englishmen, and therefore America fought for its freedom from Great Britain and the Americans won, that’s when this country became the United States of America.
After signing the Declaration of Independence in 1776, The 13 former colonies were undergoing an identity crisis. It was one thing to declare independence, but it was another to realize what you were now that you declared it. The Constitution was eventually written, at an attempt to create a more perfect union between the states. One of the amazing things about the Constitutional Convention was that the people knew most governments would result in either chance or war. They knew that what they were doing was sitting in a room and rationally trying to create a good government.
At a time many thought that the effects of a revolution would cause another one. The Articles of Confederation was the center of attention for this problem. After the fight for Independence the new America had to have a type of government. The Congress of this newly established nation created the Articles of Confederation. Of course problems would arise due to the ability of them knowing what they didn’t want when they should’ve known what the should have.
This event was a test to show if the new country could take the violence current countries had to take. Shays Rebellion showed the American government was weak and needed a change soon. This event was so tragic that this led to the destruction of The Articles of Confederation. In current day America we are now governed by a stronger government under The Constitution that is why the event is so important in American history and that is why I chose this event.
They felt that he had too much power and control over them. In response to this, the colonists formed the first Continental Congress to send their complaints to the British king so that he can address them (Pavao). Unfortunately, the British king didn’t respond well, so the colonists met for a second Continental Congress, in which they were more assertive and decided that it was time for a revolutionary war. They chose five men, namely Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Roger Sherman, Benjamin Franklin and Robert Livingston, to draft the Declaration of Independence in 1776. This document stated their reasons for wanting to be freed from the British.
From 1781 up until the before the end of Shay’s Rebellion in 1787, dear of a strong central government dominated the states. The rebellion changed that and Federalists like Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay saw that as an opportunity to rally support for a new constitution. Though the people were still weary of the powers of a strong central government, Shay’s Rebellion convinced them to set aside their previous fear and hear the arguments for a new
His speeches on the subject of representation carried great weight during the debate. During 1787 to 1800 he established the school on a firm basis and recruited a fine faculty. He looked to a strong federal government to protect the rights of Connecticut and other smaller states from encroachment by their more dominant neighbors. Johnson was significant even in the final stages of outlining the Constitution. He gave full support to the Connecticut Compromise that suggested the final Great Compromise which developed a national legislature.
To begin with, the Declaration was written to rally the colonists against Britain because they did not want much opposition against the war they wanted to start. At the time, the colonies were divided into three groups: Patriots, who supported the Revolution, Loyalists, who supported Britain’s rule, and the undecided. The majority of the population were either Loyalists or did not choose a side. In order for the Revolution to happen, the Patriots needed a way to convince the others to join their side, and the Declaration was perfect. According to Howard Zinn, “Everything the Declaration of Independence was about… was well-suited to unite large numbers of colonists and persuade even those who had grievances against one another to turn against England.” The writers of the Declaration, Thomas Jefferson and others, hoped that their document would be as successful as Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, in the sense that it would change many people’s mindset about
The Battle of Bunker Hill caused the colonials to send delegates to the Second Continental Congress to discuss further action against Great Britain. This convention elected to declare independence from Great Britain after hearing it proposed by Richard Henry Lee. The delegates sentiment for independence grew steadily from 1776 following Thomas Paine 's publication Common Sense. Enlightenment thought also has a prominent influence in the declaration, particularly in the thought of a government only having the right to protect its citizens. The drafting of this document was another step forward in representative government, and the document itself provides a strong basis for Conservative and Libertarian thought.
The second amendment states that people have a right to bear arms under a well-regulated militia. This amendment was added to the Bill of Rights because the Americans had just finished fighting The American Revolution with the British government for independence-- Gun control by the British was one of the catalysts of this war. With the revolution fresh in mind, the Americans had registered that there was a need to unite and form a union; however, some Americans felt that a union could result in something similar to the tyranny that the British had imposed on them. They were hesitant of placing the power on a small handful of people-- The second amendment helped take some power from the government and give it to the people. Moreover, another
The greatest fear of the Founding Fathers was to have a government ruled by one person, a tyrant. After the revolutionary war against Great Britain, the Americans wanted to make sure that they would be seen as an independent and strong newly emerged country. Their first shot at a government was with the Articles of Confederation. However, they failed because the central government that had been put in place was weak. Noticing that that was a problem, the founding fathers sought to make a stronger government.
As our nation first formed, there was much concern about the role of our nation’s leader and how powerful they should be. When the Articles of Confederation were written in 1781, it did not provide for an executive branch. In 1787, at the first Constitutional convention, the delegates agreed that there had to be an executive branch which would be separate from the legislative branch. They felt this would avoid any corruption and would provide for checks and balances to prevent dictatorial rule by this branch of government. Though small, the executive branch plays a crucial role in running the United States.
Madison was the main and most important figure who wrote the constitution, even though at first he was one of the several that did not think the Bill of Rights should have been written. Later, he first had the idea and considered to change some things in the Constitution, thinking that it was missing something, pointing to the idea of adding the amendments, he wanted to protect the civil
Federalist Papers In the year 1787 the conflict between states’ rights and a strong central government caused many delays to the creation of a successful government in the United States. The development of the American Constitution was a conflict between two political parties that had very different ideas. The Federalists and the Anti-Federalists parties agreed to disagree on their reasons but both parties would come together in the Philadelphia Convention in order to search for a compromise that benefited both parties. The Federalist Party, was in favor of the Constitution. In John Jays’ Concerning the Dangers from Foreign Force and Influence the reasons for a strong central government are very clear and made good points such as when he said
In 1787 the delegates of America believed that the Articles of Confederation were not capable of making a nation strong and untied so they decided to make a new governing document. The Constitution became the body of fundamental principles and rights by which the United States is governed by. In which federalism, separation of power, checks and balances, and balancing power between big states and small states became crucial. How did these aspects help guard against tyranny? Well… Federalism is one of the ways the Constitution help guard against tyranny.