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On a cloudy April day in 1775, the British Empire began to take a dive.

The Colonial militia who wanted to defend their rights, decided that now was the time to fight.

For eight long years did they fight this war, until one day the British surrendered at Washington’s door. The year of the final battle was 1783, and the Colonists knew they were finally free.

 

They wanted a written document to show off their might, so the Articles of Confederation they started write. The Articles, they soon learned, made the Government too weak,  so a new way to govern our leaders did seek.

 

 

A Constitutional Convention they decided to hold, so they could find a way to govern that was new and bold. The Convention was held in Philadelphia for a couple of days, until they could find out how to govern in good, fair ways.

The powers to declare war, talk to countries, and make treaties the Articles did give, but those powers were too little and weak, no way for a Government to live. The way the states were represented was also quite bad, only one representative from each state, which made bigger ones mad.

The representation was among the first problems on their mind, so a good way to represent states they did try to find. They decided to have to places, a Senate and House, so the states could be equal, even if they were small as a mouse.

In the House they decided, after much argument, that a number based on population would be there to represent. In the Senate however, what they decided to do, was have equal people from the States, only two.

The Constitutional Convention also gave the government more power, so now the people in charge wouldn’t feel so sour. The powers of the Government, compared to before, were similar to the Articles, except with much more.

Under the Constitution, armies could now be raised, the Government liked this idea and gave it high praise. Another decision, not so popular with the masses, was that the Government could now collect taxes.

 

All of these powers, and some other ones too, makes the Constitution do what it do. This Constitution, our Founding Fathers knew, would go on for a long time, even after me and you.

 

Works Cited

 

Battle of Lexington Engraving. N.d. N.p.

Archivo: Surrender of Lord Cornwallis. N.d. N.p.

Articles of Confederation. N.d. N.p.

The Adoption of the U.S. Constitution at Independence Hall, Philadelphia. N.d. N.p.

Flag-Map of Virginia. N.d. N.p.

Delaware Locator Map. N.d. N.p.

The House of Representatives. N.d. N.p.

Gilbert Stuart Williamstown Portrait of George Washington. N.d. N.p.

Isaac Israels - Transport of Colonial Soldiers. N.d. N.p.

US Constitution. N.d. N.p.