• The Many U.S. Presidents Before George Washington
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    The Many U.S. Presidents Before George Washington

    Schools in the United States teach children from an early age that the first president of the United States was George Washington. But teachers often forget to mention a small, kind of important detail- George Washington was the first U.S. president under the current United States Constitution, but he wasn’t the country’s first president. Before the U.S. Constitution came into being, the Articles of Confederation served as the glue which held all thirteen states together as a single country. (See: The Articles of Confederation: The Constitution Before the Constitution) The Articles went into effect in 1781, and they established a loose alliance among the states. The Articles also defined the…

  • Episode 3: Birth of the Constitution | History in a Nutshell
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    Episode 3: Birth of the Constitution | History in a Nutshell

    History In A Nutshell The year was 1783. The American Revolutionary War to gain independence from the grip of Great Britain, and King George III was over. The Treaty of Paris had been signed officially signaling the end of the Revolution. America was free at last, and it was time for the newly formed United States of America to create a permanent government of its own. That begs the question so we won the war… Now what? In order to understand how the Constitution came to be, It’s important to note the impacts of the previous documents leading up to its adoption: the Declaration of Independence, and the Articles of…

  • Tea, Taxes, and The American Revolution: Crash Course World History #28
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    Tea, Taxes, and The American Revolution: Crash Course World History #28

    Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course World History and today you aren’t going to get a blow by blow chronology of the American Revolution, and you aren’t going to get cool biographical details about Thomas Jefferson or George Washington. But you are going to get me not wearing any pants. Mr. Green, Mr. Green! Did you know that George Washington might have had slave teeth implanted into his jaw? Yeah, I did, Me from the Past, and while it’s fun to focus on metaphorically resonant details, what we’re concerned with here is why the American Revolution happened and the extent to which it was actually revolutionary. Plus, for…

  • The Articles of Confederation – Finding Finances – Extra History – #3
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    The Articles of Confederation – Finding Finances – Extra History – #3

    For five years, the Confederation Congress had struggled to fund a national army to fight the American Revolutionary War, but the war kept going and Congress had become dead broke ♫Intro Music ♫ Under the Articles of Confederation, Congress had no real leadership. they elected one of their own members to be President of Congress, but once elected he could only supervise meetings. He couldn’t vote or even suggest new laws. Many saw it as a demotion and a few who did get elected wound up trying to resign only to find out that they were stuck there because nobody wanted to replace them . But now that the Articles…

  • Common Sense 2017.  Constitutional Convention and New United States Constitution.  A New Republic.
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    Common Sense 2017. Constitutional Convention and New United States Constitution. A New Republic.

    Hello my name is Daniel Bruno Americans need to retire the two-party system Congressional approval ratings, hover around 8% yet most members are re-elected over and over again The old definitions of liberal and conservative left and rights no longer apply Come and join us to form a more perfect union Abolish the Department of Homeland Security Come clean about terrorism and mass shootings Decriminalize all drugs and the drug war Enforce the Second Amendment Stop putting people in cages for possession of an object Close down the lobbies end the wars Abolish the income tax Truth and reconciliation About September 11th break up the media monopoly No more fake…

  • Why the Articles of Confederation Were Actually a Success
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    Why the Articles of Confederation Were Actually a Success

    [ Music ]>>Paul A. Gilje: First lecture today I’m going to talk to you about — it’s really a question. Actually, both lectures are set up as sort of questions. So the first question is, “The Articles of Confederation: Success or Failure?” Let me begin by reminding you what the Articles of Confederation are; or were. The Articles of Confederation were — well I should change that phrase, have been considered sort of the first form of government of the United States. They were written in 1776, and that year is extremely important for lots of reasons. They were written in 1776, and have often been criticized as being —…

  • Articles of Confederation
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    Articles of Confederation

    In class, we talked about the Declaration of Independence and you even created your own Declarations in an attempt to cut ties with someone or something you felt abridged your rights. So now that the colonies have formally declared themselves independent and sovereign from Great Britain, they needed to create a new government. This seems like a fairly easy undertaking, right? WRONG. The guidelines were this: Each state needed to make it’s own constitution basically an outline of the branches of government and some states even included a list of the rights and protections for the people. Each state needed to determine what the three branches could do—but that was…

  • Lessons Learned: The Articles of Confederation
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    Lessons Learned: The Articles of Confederation

    Do you think it is easy to write a constitution for a country? Did you ever wonder why the United States has a constitution that has lasted for more than two centuries while other countries have failed to find one that works? I’m Jim Lindsay, and this is Lessons Learned. Our topic today is the Articles of Confederation, which went into effect on March 1, 1781, when Maryland became the 13th and final colony to ratify it. Most of us know all about the major battles and events of the American Revolution. April 19, 1775 saw Paul Revere’s midnight ride and the battles at Lexington and Concord. July 4,, 1776…

  • The Articles of Confederation
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    The Articles of Confederation

    THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION REPRESENTED THE ONLY WAY OF CREATING AN EFFECTIVE ALLIANCE AMONG THE AMERICAN REPUBLICS. THE AMERICAN PROVINCES HAD VERY LITTLE TO DO WITH EACH OTHER UNDER THE BRITISH EMPIRE. ONLY NEIGHBORS WOULD HAVE CERTAIN ARRANGEMENTS, OR COMMON POLICIES. BUT, BY AND LARGE, THE PRIMARY RELATIONSHIP WAS BETWEEN EACH PROVINCE AND BRITAIN. AND SO THE AMERICAN PROVINCES, WHICH HAD NO EXPERIENCE OF BEING INDEPENDENT POLITIES, OF GOVERNING THEMSELVES, IN FOREIGN POLICY, PARTICULARLY, SUDDENLY FACED A CHALLENGE, VERY MUCH LIKE THE CHALLENGE THAT A GROUP OF INDEPENDENT NATIONS WOULD FACE. THE FACT THAT THEY CONSTITUTED A CONGRESS, OR HAD A SERIES OF CONGRESSES, IS PRECISELY WHAT THE SAME WORD…