The Constitutional Convention Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1787
Pirates of North Africa? Standing Army? Western Land Claims? Economic Problems? Domestic rebellion? #1 #2 #3 #4 #5
Why TJ to pen the DOI?
United States of America 1 Great Britain 0
End of the Revolution 1783 Ratification of the Constitution 1791 COUNTRY 10 years
What type of government will we have? A Republic in which citizens rule! A government that allows us to pursue economic interests! How will the colonies be governed?
1786 - The Annapolis Convention Attendance is low, need to organize becomes a priority
Case Study: Shays’ Rebellion
How is this incident related to one of the weaknesses of the Articles?
Why were the American elite “horrified?”
Causes? Results? Shay’s Rebellion
The Continental Congress
Western Land Claims?
The Congress under the Articles must decide how to divide land west of the Appalachians
Intolerable Acts 1774
Experimenting with the “Articles of Confederation” 1781-1788
Articles of Confederation ratified 1781 Ratification of the Constitution 1788 “ The Critical Period ” 1776
Weaknesses with the Articles…..
Dealing with the Pirates of North Africa…..
Lack of a uniform currency….
Settling the National Debt…… $ $ $ How much is owed? Who do we owe it to?
Back to the drawing board…… lets meet in Philly
“ We are acting a very strange part. We first form a strong man to protect us, and at the same time wish to tie his hands behind him.”
The Constitutional Convention
The C onstitutional C onvention was about C ompromise and C oncession
Caesar Rodney was a delegate to the Continental Congress. On July 1, 1776, despite suffering from asthma and cancer, Rodney set off on the 80-mile journey to Philadelphia withstanding thundershowers and a severe summer heat wave. The next day, he arrived at Independence Hall just in time to cast the deciding vote in favor of our nation's independence. This native of Dover has also held more public offices than any other Delaware citizen. In addition to being an extremely dedicated delegate, Rodney was also a soldier, judge, and speaker of Delaware's Assembly