Essay on The Constitution Of The Revolutionary War

1858 Words Mar 23rd, 2015 8 Pages
Written in 1787, the United States Government defines the Constitution as the “supreme law of the United States,” providing the framework of our national government, laws, and basic freedoms we see today However, by the end of the Revolutionary War in 1776 up until 1787, Congress originally operated under the Articles of Confederation. Considering that the Articles of Confederation got the young nation through its war with England, over time, it was soon realized that this first governing document wasn’t of much use when it finally came down to running an entire country. Under the Articles of Confederation, Congress was very limited on what it could actually do, which furthered our nation’s difficulties politically and financially. Thus, as states exercised more power, the federal government became too weak, and Shay’s Rebellion in 1786 and 1787, among other circumstances, ultimately catalyzed the call to action to establish a more powerful central government (Roark). At the 1787 Constitutional Convention, the Constitution was created to revise the initial government under the Articles, and upon its reception, according to the essay “To Form a More Perfect Union,” the Constitution “provoked a great deal of resistance” (American Memory). Such reception by Federalists and Anti-Federalists was understandable given the circumstances at the time— in which debates over its ratification was the culmination of the young nation’s own struggle of trying to establish its identity,…

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