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The Constitution and the Bill of Rights, 1787-1815

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    The Constitution and the Bill of Rights

    Time Line 1787 May 25 Constitutional Convention is ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    The Constitutional Convention

    The Constitutional Convention The Constitutional Convention began in Philadelphia on May 25, 1787. Like the Second Continental Congress, the convention met in the State House in Philadelphia (today called Independence Hall because the Declaration of Independence ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    The Great Compromise

    The Great Compromise There were two primary causes of disagreement among the delegates. One was the issue of states’ rights versus the powers of the central government. The other was the concern for equal representation for small and large states.

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    An Overview of the Constitution

    An Overview of the Constitution The Constitution begins with the following Preamble: We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Checks and Balances in the Constitution

    Checks and Balances The Constitution was specifically designed so that no one branch of the government could establish tyranny over either of the other two branches. Each branch has checks on the power of the others. Executive ...

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    Ratification of the Constitution

    The Struggle for Ratification Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts and Edmund J. Randolph and Thomas Paine of Virginia refused to sign the Constitution, feeling that it gave too much power to the central government. Their refusal foreshadowed the struggle for ...

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    The Bill of Rights

    As the First Congress of the United States opened, James Madison immediately moved to begin work on a Bill of Rights. On September 9, Congress submit- ted twelve amendments to the states; ten of these were ratified and formally became part of the Constitution on December 15, 1791.

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    The Constitution and the Bill of Rights Practice Test

    Review the following study guides if necessary: The Constitution and the Bill of Rights

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    Establshing a New Nation and the First Four Presidents

    Time Line ... 1788 George Washington elected president

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    The Washington Administration

    The Washington Administration George Washington doubted his own ability to lead the new nation he had helped to create. He was not a profound political thinker like Adams, Jefferson, or Madison, and he knew it. However, he had a characteristic unique among all ...

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