The framers of the Constitution drafted it in response to failings of the U.S. government under the Articles of Confederation. Many political leaders attributed the widespread economic disaster to the lack of centralized regulation of commerce. National impotence in the face of rebellion seemed indicative of the need for a stronger central government.Know More
The first government of the United States was outlined in the Articles of Confederation. Under this system, the states operated as sovereign nations. The weak national government, which consisted of nothing more than a unicameral legislature, did not have the authority to tax the states, settle interstate disputes or effectively support a military.
Following the Revolutionary War, the inadequacies of the national government became apparent. Inflation was high, businesses were closing and farmers were losing their property. The ineptitude of the national government became more clear after the famous incident known as Shays' Rebellion. Daniel Shays was a Massachusetts farmer and former captain in the Continental Army. Dissatisfied with the hardships confronting farmers, he led a group of armed men in preventing the local circuit court from sitting, and even threatened to raid the arsenal at Springfield. The inefficiency in quelling this rebellion, and the fear of anarchy it provoked, convinced many that the Articles of Confederation needed amending. This led to the drafting of the Constitution in 1787.Learn more about The Constitution
The U.S. Constitution was finally ratified, or approved, by all states on May 29, 1790. Although the last of the original 13 states did not ratify the Constitution until 1790, the Constitution had already taken effect in March 1789, when the ninth state, New Hampshire, ratified the Constitution.Full Answer >
According to the U.S. Constitution, states are not permitted to enter into a treaty, coin money, emit bills of credit, pass any bill of attainder or grant titles of nobility. There are numerous other restrictions on states posed by the U.S. Constitution, but these restrictions are also often met with exceptions based on particular circumstances.Full Answer >
The three main parts of the U.S. Constitution are the Preamble, the Articles (numbering seven) and the Amendments (numbering 27). The Constitution was drafted by the Founding Fathers in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention.Full Answer >
A change to the Constitution of the United States is called an amendment. As of 2014, there have been 27 amendments to the document.Full Answer >