• The Articles of Confederation – The Constitution Before the Constitution
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    The Articles of Confederation – The Constitution Before the Constitution

    The Articles of Confederation – The Constitution Before the Constitution For four hot, humid July days, 56 delegates of the Second Continental Congress gathered in Philadelphia with one purpose – to ratify the Declaration of Independence. The document, originally drafted by Thomas Jefferson with the help of Ben Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman, ad Robert Livingston, declared that the thirteen American colonies were now independent and free of the tyranny of the British Empire. On July 4th, with the final wording in place, it was ready for the whole world to read; though, it would be about another month before congress would actually sign it, contrary to popular belief. With…

  • October 2nd: Bill of Rights Ratification
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    October 2nd: Bill of Rights Ratification

    On Oct. 2, 1789, twelve articles went to the states for ratification. A contentious debate raged between the Federalists, who opposed the articles, and the Anti-Federalists who supported them. Ten of the articles were ratified by the necessary three-fourths of states by December of that year. These ten became what we now call the Bill of Rights. U.S. Money Reserve