U.s. Constitution, The Declaration Of Independence And The Jefferson Letter

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COMPARISON BETWEEN THE U.S. CONSTITUTION, THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND THE JEFFERSON LETTER TO THE DANBURY BAPTISTS
Between the years 1776 and 1787, most of the 13 states drafted constitutions that a declaration of rights within the body of the document or as a separate provision at the beginning, many of them listing the same natural rights that Jefferson had embraced in the Declaration. When time to form a central government arrived in 1776, the Continental Congress began to create a weak union governed by the Articles of Confederation. The goal was to avoid a powerful federal government with the ability to invade rights and to threaten private property, as the King’s agents had done with the hated general warrants and the injunctions of assistance. But the Articles of Confederation proved too weak for bringing together a fledging nation that needed both to wage war and to manage the economy. Supporters of a stronger central government, like James Madison, lamented the inability of the government under the Articles to curb the excesses of economic populism that were afflicting the states, such as Shay’s Rebellion in Massachusetts, where farmers shut down the courts demanding debt relief. As a result, Madison and others gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 with the goal of creating a stronger but still limited federal.
The Constitutional Convention was held in Philadelphia in the Pennsylvania State House, in the room where the Declaration of Independence was adopted.…

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