We may be “one nation, under God” but, in my opinion, we will always be in an overstuffed pot that will never fully melt. Although the founding father’s opinion of America in Rights of Man is correct on the underlying facts of our country coming together as one nation, his characterization of America does not hold true today in modern society based on our current politics and social ideals. First, Thomas Paine claimed in his book, that the American government “is just.” In today’s society that is far from the truth. America’s political system thrives on corruption. Not a day goes by that corruption does not happen, we just sometimes do not hear about it.
The Constitutional Convention was where the delegates from states met in 1787 to discuss how the Articles of Confederation were a weak form of government. The Constitutional Convention was held in Philadelphia from 1787 to 1789.The Constitutional Convention was held because they wanted to discuss the failures of the Articles of Confederation.The ideas from the past the writers then used to help create a better government for the United States, they called this government the Constitution. The Constitution is a document that was created in 1789 and written by Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and other United States founding fathers. These United States founding fathers experienced Britain’s rule and had to live through it. They realized that some of Britain’s methods of ruling were ineffective, and that some methods were successful.
The purpose of the first ten amendments to the Constitution (The Bill of Rights) is to delineate the rights of the American. Initially, it only protected Americans from the national government, but the Fourteenth Amendment made it to where the Bill of Rights applied to the states as well (Christiansen). Civil liberties have expanded greatly through the course of the United State’s history because of the ability for the interpretation of the law to change. Take suffrage for example; when the Constitution was first drafted, the only group that was eligible to vote was propertied white men. With time, other groups have been added to that list so that now the only requirements to vote are to be eighteen years old, be an American citizen, and not be a convicted felon.
The Constitution, the foundation of American society. In May 1787, 55 delegates made their way to Philadelphia for a Constitutional Convention. At that time the Articles of Confederation were being used in the United States, however, they simply weren’t working. While under the Articles of Confederation, there was no court system, no chief executive, and not a single way to force the states to pay taxes. The nation needed an improved constitution, creating a stronger central government that would keep the nation together.
When the colonists were still with Great Britain, King George III misused his power. As a result, colonists wrote the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, to the king, to state their separation from Great Britain, to form a new country, the United States of America. After creating a new country, Americans wrote the Articles of Confederation in the year 1777, which they purposely weakened central government, so the abuse of power, wouldn’t exist. This meant the states had all the power. Although this structure of government seemed great, the creators of the Articles quickly realized that with no central government, states weren’t united because they were busy on increasing the growth of only their state.
Abraham Lincoln deserved to be called the first statesman of America, because he really represented the saying that there are no rules in war. The constitution is the force of any country. However, with U.S during Lincoln’s administration it was the other way around as the historian George D. Fletcher says in his Our Secret Constitution that the country’s central constitutional event, the event from which it received its present meaning, is not the original founding but the civil war i.e. Lincoln took the task of a carpenter to reinterpret the Declaration of Independence and the constitution. He continues that civil
In 1787, years after the founding of the United States, the Constitutional Convention met to decide how the new nation would govern itself. The delegates understood that the need for a leader was necessary but still bitterly remembered how Britain abused of its power. The delegates agreed that the President and Vice President should be chosen informally and not based on the direct popular vote, thus gave birth to the Electoral College. The Electoral College is defined as “a body of people representing the states of the US, who formally cast votes for the election of the president and vice president.” Since 1787 the Electoral College has been the system for voting in the United States, but with our nation ever more changing and growing it
Confederation and Constitution After America won the revolutionary war, there was no united nation, rather thirteen independent countries instead of colonies. Therefore, an agreement was necessary to hold the independent colonies together. Thus, the Articles of Confederation fulfilled the purpose of forming the first American government. Drafted in the year 1777 and ratified by the thirteen states in 1781, the Articles consisted of various provisions that would help build a new nation. The Continental Congress had very minimal power under the Articles due to which it could neither establish a federal judicial nor deploy the army or the federal police for enforcing the laws.
In 1776, a small group of leading American intellectuals and politicians declared to the world that the Thirteen Colonies, having endured over a year of war with Britain, would form their own independent state. The Declaration of Independence, in establishing freedom from British rule, immortalized the values of equality, liberty, and the rights of man in American politics and culture. However, perhaps unintentionally, the 1776 Declaration also immortalized the man proclaimed to be its chief contributor: Thomas Jefferson. In the decades and centuries since the American Revolution, Jefferson’s image and legacy have become inextricably tied to his statement that “All men are created equal”, despite his use of slavery and overt racism. Through Jefferson’s efforts to write his own history, and aided by both political needs and patriotism in the historians who
On July 4, 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, declaring that America will become an independent nation that holds the self-evident truth that all men are created equal. In 1790, the Constitution, started with the phrase “We the People”, was ratified as the supreme Law of the Land. Despite the founding documents being built on equal rights, it was not until 1920 (nearly two centuries after ratification) that women’s suffrage was added to the Constitution. Up until then, women were seen as less capable than men, but it has been proven by modern society that this ideology strays from the truth. This is just one example of how an event can be acted upon, even if it does not display the whole truth.