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The success of the Revolution gave Americans the opportunity to give legal form to their ideals as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and to remedy some of their grievances through state constitutions As early as May 10 1776 Congress had passed a resolution advising the colonies to form new governments such as shall best conduce to the happiness and safety of their constituents Some of them had already done so and within a year after the Declaration of Independence all but three had drawn up constitutions The new constitutions showed the impact of democratic ideas None made any drastic break with the past since all were built on the solid foundation of colonial experience and English practice But each was also animated by the spirit of republicanism an ideal that had long been praised by Enlightenment philosophers Naturally the first objective of the framers of the state constitutions was to secure those unalienable rights whose violation had caused the former colonies to repudiate their connection with Britain Thus each constitution began with a declaration or bill of rights Virginias which served as a model for all the others included a declaration of principles such as popular sovereignty rotation in office freedom of elections and an enumeration of fundamental liberties moderate bail and humane punishment speedy trial by jury freedom of the press and of conscience and the right of the majority to reform or alter the government Other states enlarged the list of liberties to guarantee freedom of speech of assembly and of petition and frequently included such provisions as the right to bear arms to a writ of habeas corpus to inviolability of domicile and to equal protection under the law Moreover all the constitutions paid allegiance to the three-branch structure of government -- executive legislative and judiciary -- each checked and balanced by the others Pennsylvanias constitution was the most radical In that state Philadelphia artisans Scots-Irish
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