What is a constitution?
a document that sets out laws, principles, organazation, and processes of goverment
Give two reasons why states wrote constitutions.
first a written constitution would spell oiut the rightd of all citizens seconds it would limit the power of goverment
What is a bill of rights?
list of freedom that the goverment promises to protect
Did Virginia have a bill of rights? If yes, what types of rights did it ensure?
yes virginia's BOR guaranteed trial by juty feedom of religion ond freedom of press several other states followed virginia's lead
Who had the right to vote in the states?
under the states constitutions, more people had the right to vote than in colonia, all native stuff
Why were Americans having difficulty writing a constitution that all people would approve?
they were reluctant to give up power to central goverment. few Amaricains saw themselves as citizen of the nation. instead, they felt loyal to their own states. also, people feared replacing the "tyranny" of british rule with another dtrong govermnent
What was the name of the first constitution of United States? In what year?
after much debate the contitental congress approved the first american constitution in 1777 the Articles of confederation created a very loose alliance of 13 independant state
How many votes did each state have under the constitution?
each state had one vote
What could congress do under the Articles of Confederation? ***
declare war appoint military officers and coin money
1What did the Congress not have the power to do under the Articles of Confederation?
regulate trade between states and forian contries, tax, raise money (had to ask states for it or to borrow)
How were laws enforced under the Articles of Confederation?
Was there a system of courts under the Articles of Confederation? ***
Why was there a dispute over western lands? ***
some states had more than others
What does cede mean? ***
Who recognized the need for a strong central government?
What happened when Virginia gave up its claims to land in the west?
they went by by
Which two states claimed Vermont? ***
New York New Hamshire
What type of money problems did the United States face? ***
What is a continental dollar? ***
How did foreign nations take advantage of the Confederation's weakness?
left troops in amarica closed ports to us
What was the Land Ordinance of 1785? ***
system for seteling in the north west
What was the Northwest Ordinance? ***
goverment for north west
What provided a way to admit new states into the Union?
North west ordonance
What new states were created from the Northwest Territory?
What was the finest achievement of the national government under the Articles of Confederation? ***
north west ordonance
steep drop in economic activity
How did the depression affect farmers? ***
they lost money
What was Shay's Rebellion?
a rebellion started by farmers in Massachusetts who were losing their farms
What was proof for Americans that the Articles of Confederation didn't work? ***
Why was a meeting called in Philadelphia in May, 1787? ***