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4. List 3 things the Articles did not allow Congress to do.
Read the article on Daniel Shays in order to get a background for the following questions.
5. Shays' Rebellion made leaders of our nation stand up and take notice. The Constitutional Convention of 1787 was held to make the Articles of Confederation better and stronger. The members of the Convention instead decided to draft a new constitution.
A. How many states had to approve this constitution before it went into affect?
B. How many states ended up ratifying it?
6. Which states were the first 5 to ratify the Constitution?
7. Which was the ninth state to ratify the Constitution?
8. Which were the last two states of the original 11 to ratify the Constitution?
10. In order to avoid any violation of certain civil rights, the First Congress of the United States introduced 12 amendments to the constitution. Amendments 3 - 12 were accepted and became known as the _____________________________________________________________________________.
The basis of early government having been formed, the document known as the Constitution has been the law of our land for over 200 years. Still today, there is a system which allows for the division of duties within our government. Answer the following questions on the branches of government we know today.
11. So that no one branch of government has too much power, a system of checks and balances is in place. One branch checks another in their duties.
Take a look at a chart of the three branches to familiarize yourself with them.