• POLS 15 The Road to the Constitution
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    POLS 15 The Road to the Constitution

    [music] In order to understand why the Constitution was written as it was, we need to understand what was going on in the United States in 1787 when it was written. America had always had colonial governments, but there had never really been a need for a national government until we had begun taking steps to declare independence from England. After America gained its independence, it adopted something known as the Articles of Confederation, which was a constitution establishing a federal government. The Articles of Confederation created a federal government very different from the one we know today. For example, one of the most major differences is there was no…

  • The Articles of Confederation – Historical Interpretations
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    The Articles of Confederation – Historical Interpretations

    Discussions around ways of bringing the colonies together occurred on the eve of the Declaration of Independence. In June 1776 a small group from within the Second Continental Congress were commissioned to draft a constitution for the new nation. The committee had one person from each of the 13 colonies/states, however, the Committee left much of the writing to John Dickinson. By 12 July 1776 Dickinson had produced a draft of the Articles of Confederation which was finally passed by Congress in November 1777. As we know the Articles would not be ratified by the States until March 1781. The Articles of Confederation were famously upheld as establishing a “firm…

  • 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…

  • 20. Confederation
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    20. Confederation

    Prof: So today I’ve titled the lecture for today “Confederation,” but in a sense I’m going to be talking about something larger than that, and by the end of the lecture I’ll be talking about the Articles of Confederation. I’ll talk a little bit more about them on Thursday. But as I mentioned last Thursday, last Thursday’s lecture, today’s lecture and actually some of the few that are left — that are still to come–are all in one way or another dealing with big questions that were left looming after the fighting of the Revolution had passed. And we dealt with one of them on Thursday and that was the…

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    Real Gk tricks : Important Articles of Indian constitution in Hindi | online school

    Indian Constitution Articles very very important topic and very difficult to remember you know , there are lots of articles to remember in which some important articles generally asked in competitive examinations How to remember today I will show you some tips and tricks to remember easily in this video by this way you will remember permanently and you will score a better marks Friends, My name is CHANDAN KUMAR PANDEY And you are watching the YouTube channel “STUDY CORNER” Let’s start from beginning, the first three articles which is shown are Article 1 is for “India is a union of states” Article 2 is for Entry and establishment of…

  • How the Constitution is Organized
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    How the Constitution is Organized

    The Constitution is organized into three main parts; the Preamble, the Articles, and the Amendments. When it was written in 1787 it only took up several large pages, but the best way to think about its organization, is by comparing it to a book. The Preamble is like an introduction. The Articles are like chapters and the Amendments are like a glossary at the end of the book. The Constitution begins with the Preamble, which is like an Introduction to a book, because it tells us what the rest of the Constitution is going to be about. It states, “We the people of the United States in order to form…

  • 25. Being an American: The Legacy of the Revolution
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    25. Being an American: The Legacy of the Revolution

    Wow. So this is my last true confession to you, my class, and it’s a true — I always give you true confessions. I never lie to you, my class, but this is a truly true confession because the fact of the matter is, I actually really couldn’t figure out how to end the course. [laughs] I couldn’t figure out what this last lecture was supposed to be, and I really wondered about it, agonized over it. It’s the last lecture. There’s all this pressure. Several of you have e-mailed me and said, “Looking forward to the last lecture.” [laughs] How can I live up to the expectation? So I…

  • 22. The Road to a Constitutional Convention
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    22. The Road to a Constitutional Convention

    Prof: Coming in to the home stretch. We’re moving towards the Constitution; it’s kind of amazing, kind of weird. And so, as a matter of fact, that’s what we’re going to be doing with today’s lecture, which is going to get us on the road to the Federal Convention. Now just a quick review before we plunge down the road. On Thursday, as I hope you all remember, I talked about some of the problems of the Articles of Confederation and I talked about things that caused confusion or complications like boundaries between states; I talked about Vermont; I talked about the state of Franklin; I talked about Shays’ Rebellion,…

  • 23. Creating a Constitution
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    23. Creating a Constitution

    Prof: Before we begin, I have to make a true confession to you, my class, because you’re my class, and I have been confessing things all semester but this is– I basically set myself up for this failure and then realized– at the end of the class someone came up to me and asked me a question, and then I realized–Gaa! Okay. So remember how I told you how at UVA for five straight years I forgot Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, even though everything closed? Yeah. Guess what I didn’t say on Tuesday? I forgot it was Thomas Jefferson’s birthday. [laughter] I completely forgot. Someone came up at the end and…

  • 21. A Union Without Power
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    21. A Union Without Power

    Today’s lecture basically is titled “A Union Without Power.” In past years I’ve titled it, “Powers — “Problems of the Confederation,” and you’ll see why, by the end of the lecture. On Tuesday I started to talk about the larger question of the legacy of the Revolution and the process of governance, and I started us off by talking about the drafting of state constitutions and the drafting of the Articles of Confederation. And in a sense, one uniting theme that ran through both parts of that lecture was the ways in which the states and their rights and their sovereignty were really at the center of things. In a…