how was the U.S. Constitution was formed?
- Anonymous9 years agoBest Answer
The colonies declared their independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776. Recognized that they could not survive as individual sovereign states, they came together and signed the Articles of Confederation, which permitted them to act on a unified basis. The Articles were put together and signed over a period beginning in 1777 and ending in 1781. In 1781, Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, and by the Treaty of Paris, signed in 1783, Great Britain recognized the the independence of the United States.
During the 1780's, it became apparent that the Articles of Confederation were not satisfactory, because the central government did not have sufficient authority to levy taxes, regulate commerce, and do the other things that would have to be done if we were to be a nation.
Therefore, each state appointed delegates to meet in Philadelphia, for the purpose of suggesting revisions to the Articles of Confederation. The meeting, which has come to be known as the Constitutional Convention, began in May, 1787, but it soon became apparent that the Articles of Confederation were beyond repair, and they decided to scrap them, and propose an entirely new document, the Constitution of the United States.
The Constitution was agreed to on September 17, 1787, but it still had to be ratified by at least nine states to take effect. I guess they were willing to cut the other four loose, if they did not ratify. The ninth state ratified on June 21, 1788, but it was decided to wait until New York and Virginia ratified, and they did, and the new government started on March 4, 1789, and has been in existence since then. Eventually, all 13 of the original states ratified, by 1790.
- Anonymous9 years ago
with a pen
read a damn book