Founding a Nation

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This essay discusses the foundation of the American constitution.

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Rocio HinojosaAmerican Federal PeriodFounding a NationAs the war between England and the thirteen colonies ended, leaders and noted educated individuals realized that the system that they operated under was insufficient for their needs. They realized that while the Articles of Confederation had served them well during the revolution, they were little more than useless in their new situation. A meeting was called in Philadelphia on May 14, 1787 to make amendments to the Articles of Confederation. During the convention, however, the Articles of confederation were scrapped and a new constitution and federal government were formed. The plan created has survived for over two centuries and is still the political foundation of the United States of America. Through the first few weeks of June the convention discussed the Virginia Plan, which was proposed by James Madison. Essentially, the Virginia Plan proposed a strong national government that could make and enforce laws, and collect taxes1. This plan also proposed representation based on population. This layout scared the smaller states because if it was enacted the smaller states would have almost no say in the government. Some time later, William Patterson, presented the New Jersey Plan which featured equal representation for all states. The plan included a one unicameral legislature in which each state gets the same number of representatives. Both plans featured three branches: legislative, executive, and judicia

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