Since I did a series on the amendments of the constitution, I decided to do a series on the actual articles. The seven sections of our constitution that tell us how our government is set up and the basic rules it is guided by.
This page will be set up as both the introductory Post (as of July 9, 2016) and afterwards as a master-post of all the posts I write about it. This may become more than just seven posts, as each article has sections that might require their own post, or in the case of the 7th, discussion on who actually signed.
I hope you enjoy this series of blog posts.
In 1776 the Continental Congress, a group made up of representatives from various colonies in British North America, got together to write and release a document known as the Declaration of Independence. This was already a year into what would become known as the American Revolution. On November 15, 1777 they adopted the Articles of Confederation to base their new government on. It was not untill March 1, 1781 that it was finally ratified by all 13 of the original states.
However, it was soon found to be problematic as it had too weak of a central government. The Central government relied heavily on the states for finding funds to fund all their responsibilities and also required unanimous votes during key issues, which caused many problems because as with today, hardly ever is America 100% unanimous. As a result, a Constitutional Convention was brought together to work on a new and improved constitution in 1787 with delegates from 12 of the states (Rhode Island stayed home). Two years later on March 4, 1789, the new and improved (and still existing) Constitution of the United States was created.
However the balance of power between the central and state governments remains a heated debate in American Politics. In the years since the creation of the current constitution of the United States, the government has found it necessary to “amend” it 27 times to strengthen or restrict the central governments powers. On occasion it was a necessary need due to social improvement, and other times it was simply to change to suit the needs of a continuously changing people.
It has one of the most well-known opening lines. Here is the Preamble:
We The People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution fo the United States of America.
The Amendment Series
The Constitution Tag (All posts related to the Us Constitution, the Articles of the Confederation and the Amendments to the Constitution)
Sources/Other Reading Material/Further Reading
Articles of Confederation (Library of Congress)
The Constitution of the United States (Archives.Gov)
The Constitution (WhiteHouse.gov)