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Political and Social Atmosphere Articles and Constitution The political and social atmosphere during the construction of the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution was important in the developments of the documents The people were just coming out of a major war They feared a resurgence of another tyrannical government The diversity of the states and its people lead to the need of a unifying central government that could keep them at peace Socially Aequality became the watchword Bailey and Kennedy 142 Although the United States was a middle class nation and had general social democracy as it began its experiment with political liberty it was neither united nor democratic in its government Athearn 276 Indeed it was a Acritical period Fiske 1 There were about three million people living in the new states Most lived near water where they could travel and send their goods In the South there were no roads or stages at all and the traveler went on horseback Of necessity the states lived separate and apart on the civilized edge of a continent no one had crossed There were only a few frontier settlements in the vast Northwest Territory The vast majority of the people lived by a primitive agriculture Almost all the necessities of life were made at home The only power was supplied by animals wind and water and by human muscle Six hundred thousand were slaves most in the South Three hundred thousand were indentured servants Of the rest half were women with no voting rights The rest were only about 120000 that could meet all the property religious and other Mauricio2 requirements for the franchise in the several states McDonald 57 When America came out of the Revolutionary War there was little urge to rebuild society Though they had committed themselves to the principle of human equality most of them compared themselves to the British The important thing was not to reform society but to
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