United States Declaration of Independence On June 4,a resolution was introduced in the Second Continental Congress declaring the union with Great Britain to be dissolved, proposing the formation of foreign alliances, and suggesting the drafting of a plan of confederation to be submitted to the respective states. Independence was declared on July 4, ; the preparation of a plan of confederation was postponed.
Constitution ratified New Hampshire becomes the ninth and last necessary state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, thereby making the document the law of the land.
Bydefects in the post-Revolutionary War Articles of Confederation were apparent, such as the lack of central authority over foreign and domestic commerce. Congress endorsed a plan to draft a new constitution, and on May 25,the Constitutional Convention convened at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
On September 17,after three months of debate moderated by convention president George Washingtonthe new U. As dictated by Article VII, the document would not become binding until it was ratified by nine of the 13 states. However, other states, especially Massachusettsopposed the document, as it failed to reserve undelegated powers to the states and lacked constitutional protection of basic political rights, such as freedom of speech, religion, and the press.
In Februarya compromise was reached under which Massachusetts and other states would agree to ratify the document with the assurance that amendments would be immediately proposed.
The Constitution was thus narrowly ratified in Massachusetts, followed by Maryland and South Carolina. On June 21,New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the document, and it was subsequently agreed that government under the U.
Constitution would begin on March 4, Which best describes the event leading to the inauguration of the first President of the United States of America?
The States selected electors who voted to elect the President and Vice President When crafting the new Constitution, the Framers drew from their experiences with. Constitution of the United States Signed Copy of the Constitution of the United States; Miscellaneous Papers of the Continental Congress, ; Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention, , Record Group ; National Archives.
The Constitution of the United States as a printable PDF file. Resource Downloads. The Constitution of the United States [PDF]. Documenting Democracy: Lesson Plans on the United States Constitution In Commemoration of Constitution Day On September 17, , the United States Constitution was signed at.
The problem with the constitution of the United States of America is that it treats every state (the 50) as individual countries. Bare in mind, the word State and Country are actually pretty much interchangeable in political science and law. The Constitution of the United States The Bill of Rights & All Amendments A highly accessible, easy to use online version full text transcript including the Bill of Rights and the rest of the Amendments with both sequential and subject indexes.