Society of Cincinnati
the society of Continental Army Officers who formed an exclusive hereditary order; ridiculed by Americas in the 1800s because servitude was unknown
the Anglican Church was de-anglicized and re-formed as the Protestant Episcopal Church
Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom
Thomas Jefferson won a struggle for the divorce between religion and government in this country, and it was called ________.
the notion that democracy depended on the unselfish commitment of each citizen to the public good.
the similarities with the state constitutions
- contracts that defined the powers of government
- drew authority from the people
- most included bills of rights
- most required annual election of legislators
- created weak executive and judicial branches, and super strong legislatures
Articles of Confederation
adopted in 1777, ratified in 1781
-each state had a single vote
-all bills require nine states to support
-amendments to the Articles require unanimous ratification
- Congress was weak- no power to regulate comerce, or enforce tax-collection program
public domain recently acquired from the states: northwest of the Ohio River, east of the Mississippi River, and south of the Great Lakes
Land Ordinance of 1785
the acreage of the Old Northwest should be sold and that the proceeds should be used to help pay off the national debt
Northwest Ordinance of 1787
related to the governing of the Old Northwest, solution was a judicious compromise: there would be two evolutionary territorial stages during which the area would be subordinate to the federal government, then when a territory had 60000 inhabitants, it could be admitted to Congress as a state
representation in both houses of a bicameral Congress should be based on population, "large state plan"
New Jersey Plan
equal representation in a unicameral Congress by states, regardless of size and population, "small state plan"
larger states were conceded representation by population in the House of Representatives and the smaller states were appeased by equal representation in the Senate
House of Representatives
every tax bill or revenue measure must originate in the House, anywhere from 2-7 delegates in this body
Anglo-American law that said that made it necessary to be specific about every conceivable detail
slave count as three-fifths of a person, South could have a bigger population
opposed the stronger federal government, ex. Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, and Richard Henry Lee, followers primarily poorest classes and debtors
supported the stronger federal government, ex. George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, followers were more educated and better organized