Establishing the New Nation



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Establishing the New Nation




Grade Level




9-12, appropriate for a United States History class, a Global Studies class, a current events class, and a Civics or Government class




Introduction




The United States was a new nation in 1789. Many of its Revolutionary leaders had successfully waged a rebellion against the British colonial masters, and had set up a government of loosely joined "nations" who reluctantly ceded some of their powers to a central entity under what was called "The Articles of Confederation." Unfortunately, many disputes over territory, trade and commerce began to reveal that the newly emerged Confederation was not working well. In 1787, a Constitutional Convention was called to address this quandary, but, contrary to their instructions, the convention members devised and sent a constitution to the people for their approval of "a new nation" consolidated under a central, or Federal, government. The powers of creating and administering this new governmental entity were to be shared between the consenting states and the Federal government. When the leaders finally agreed, they took charge to establish priorities as to the political, social and economic directions the new nation would take. This process of developing priorities, and a plan to carry them out, is loosely called allocating the country's resources to enable it to grow.







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