America’s founders created the constitution in order to create unification and order in the United States. However, there have been controversy surrounding the interpretation of the constitution, this has caused debate over many issues within the country. These issues and the lack of wartime policy within the constitution directly lead to the Civil War, which was one of the worst alterations this nation has faced. The Missouri compromise, the Dred Scott decision, and Bleeding Kansas were controversial issues surrounding the constitution that directly lead to the Civil War.
Ever wonder why the Constitution was doubted? The Constitution was written in Philadelphia 1787, the Constitution failed because of the Articles of Confederation. Two problems were that there was no chief executive and there was no court system. There are many types of tyranny, for example there can be one person who has a lot of power or when a group of people have too much power. Tyranny back then was harsh ownership of one individual, because of tyranny the constitution was doubted. So they fixed the constitution and made sure that the constitution could guard against tyranny.The constitution helps guards against tyranny by using a system of checks and balances and by having a separation of power within the constitution.
The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions are political statements created by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, for the purpose of opposing the US Constitution at that time known as the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798. The Jeffersonian Republicans strongly attacked this move through the Kentucky Resolution which declared that the Constitution merely established an agreement of unity between the states. Due to this fact, the federal government had no right to exercise powers not found under the terms of this compact or agreement. These resolutions, likewise, grants the right to decide as to the constitutionality of such acts to the states and not to the federal government. If and when the federal government assumed such powers, these acts would
I never knew that the bill of rights only limited the national government, and not the states. How is it that the bill of rights would affect the people positively, when the states didn’t have to give them those rights? It makes no sense to me, that James Madison would create the Bill of Rights only to be used in the courts of the national government and not be used to fully extend to the general public. It was “power that simply did not exist.” (Maharrey)
In this paper, I will be talking about the equal protection of laws clause in 14th amendment interpreted in the case of Plessy v. Ferguson. This paper will focus on the concern over racial injustice in the judgment of Plessy v. Ferguson. Racial injustice is being looked in several aspects i.e. the argument of absolute equality, the objection to inferiority argument, the personal liberty argument and the good faith argument. In the end, I will conclude that the decision of Plessy v. Ferguson is a pernicious decision.
The Constitution, written in 1787, is a document considered the supreme law of the land in the United States. It is a source of power but also provides restrictions which protect the United States citizens. A convention was held which developed three branches of government and a checks and balances system. The Founding Fathers could not agree on the Virginia Plan or the New Jersey Plan, so they decided on the Great Compromise, which included portions of both plans.
The united states constitution was starting to develop on May 25th in 1787, it was ratified on May 29th 1790. The constitution took three years to be ratified by all the colonies. The reason for this was because there were so many issues needing to be resolved between the different groups in the states, the federalists and the antifederalists, the north and the south, and all of these very contradicting groups. None of these groups actually agreed on anything and for the most part they believed the complete opposite of their counterpart. There were many compromises that had to be made in order for the constitution to be agreed upon and for the system of government that we have now to be created. The most important compromise made during this
A cannot be correct, because Shay’s Rebellion happened under the Massachusetts’ rigidly conservative state government where the taxes from Boston fell most heavily on the struggling farmers. When the Massachusetts legislature did not provide the farmers any form of relief (such as paper money), rag-tag bands of armed farmers from three western Massachusetts agricultural counties joined together under the name “the Regulators” in what would be known as Shay’s Rebellion. Although news of this rebellion spread to other states and beyond (Thomas Jefferson heard about it in France), the stage for the rebellion was set only within the state of Massachusetts. The action did not spread to northern states. However, some of the members of the Shay’s
The constitution did not take into consideration that the states were barely reuniting and were not known for working together or even being together.
Everything you said about the Supremacy Clause is correct. So the question of how did slavery exist? The Declaration of Independence states "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal". That statement is the beginning of how and why this country was created. In the case of states’ rights the Declaration of Independence did not matter, nor did the Supremacy Clause when it came to slavery. Only after a war and loss of many lives did we start to see how important it is to follow the Constitution. Great men on both sides argued for and against slavery, and in the end nothing matters. Believe it or not, today we still argue about how to get around the constitution. The example I would like to use is sanctuary
The United States Constitution consists of the essential principles and laws for the nation. It is the framework for the government of the United States, exemplifying the citizen’s rights and duties as well as the system of how it’s governed. The Constitution was established according to the fundamentals of federalism as well as the separation of powers. The United States Constitution was written during the Philadelphia Convention which is also known as the Constitutional Convention in the year 1787. It was written by a variety of people including Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Thomas Paine and John Adams under the supervision of George Washington. The Constitution was written as a result of the American Revolution
The founding fathers of the United States understood how important separating the powers of the federal government are. To make sure the federal government did not become to powerful they delegated some of the powers to the states. The Tenth Amendments purpose is to emphasize the limited nature of the powers delegated to the federal government. The Federal government has certain powers, the State government has their powers, and then they share a few. Some examples of Federal powers are, they can print money, establish an Army and Navy, and make laws necessary to enforce the constitution. Examples of the State powers are to set up local governments, provide public health and safety, and issue licenses. (Federalism: Powers of National and State
Between 1860 and 1877, the citizens and politicians of the United States were presented with many social and constitutional problems, which had been lingering for decades. The Civil War and other events brought each of these issues to a crisis point. This created the need for a resolution. This amounted to a revolution of America’s social and political landscape.
I believe that states should not have the right to oppose refugees, however; I agree that states should have a refugee committee, set up to actively monitor all refugees not only for this new group of Syrian refugees. In my opinion, states should not hold that much power; our country should run, as one. Not divided legally per state. Each state at present has a completely different constitution. Allowing each state to maintain a degree of sovereignty over its own structure of government. Apportioning states to adopt, preside new rules under their own Constitution is a frustrating, tiresome and a waste of taxpayer 's money. Not to discredit the ancestors, attributes and reasons for establishing state Constitutions, but moving to present day there is now a process called the Constitutional Amendments. Nevertheless, in a legal sense, all state constitutions are inferior to the United States Constitution and the final say on this controversial issue; ultimately, it will fall to the federal government.