Loyalist- many had to move to Nova Scotia, the English Isles, or the Caribbean
Slaves- many were enslaved still
-said that the founding fathers motivated economic interests
-Merchants wanted trading freedom
Believed people were paranoid about Parliament trying to gain control of colonies, but the King wasn't
-believed Revolution wasn't a class conflict, but it was very radical
Articles of Confederation
-13 sovereign states little central government
-think NE would dominate if had strong central gov
-no Bill of Rights yet
-Only white male property owners can vote
State Governments after Articles of Confederation
-State governments very similar to governments before Articles the Confederation
-Penn did away governor and Georgia limited power of governor
Women left off in Articles
-Still under English Common Law
-Husband had all possessions
-Couldn't make will w/o husband
the idea that women should stay home and take care of their children
-Slavery get abolished in most of North (Mass, NY, NJ, Rhode Island)
-In the south it doesn't go as well in South since slaves are important to this part of the country
-British closes West Indies for trade to colonies
-Congress couldn't tax (little revenue, larger war debt)
1786 revolt by Massachusetts farmers seeking relief from debt and foreclosure that was a factor in the calling of the Constitutional Convention; showed the weakness of the Articles of Confederation
A 1787 convention of 55 delegates from 12 of the 13 states (Rhode Island was excluded) in Philadelphia that originally planed revising the Articles of Confederation, but ended up forming an entirely new constitution.
-A proposal that congressional representation be based on population, which favored the large states.
New Jersey Plan
-proposed a single house congress in which each state had one equal vote
-Executive council which appoints Supreme Court
-Could raise tax and army
A plan for the bicameral legislature in which one chamber would be based on population (House of Representatives) and the other chamber would represent each state equally (Senate). Resolved the small-state/large-state conflict.
supported ratification of the constitution
those who opposed Constitution
articles written by Alexander Hamilton and 2 others to convince others to support the new constitution.
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