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The Constitution Frontier to a new Nation The constitution of the United States is a great frontier in history because it outlines social political and economic standards that help develop a better country It defines principles of government and establishes controlling power over a governing body Revolutionists fought to protect the newly found American principles such as liberty and the pursuit of happiness They would not be able to keep the rights that they wanted for the country and people unless there was a formal document dictating ones rights There was a need for a Constitution Let us look back before the Constitution In 1781 during the American Revolution the Articles of Confederation were developed in order to protect the personal liberties of the people Although the Articles of Confederation were designed to hold colonies together they did not fulfill their purpose as intended They lacked the power to tax regulate trade and had an ineffectual proportional representation There was an insufficiency of power over the states as well As an new nation there were many challenges facing the people ahead The articles were limited in providing solutions to many and most of these challenges because the states held most of the power This of course made the people want the Constitution on a social level as the people did not like it when the states had too much power The US Constitution was written and developed to focus in on and resolve these problems In order to protect the liberty and well being of the people a new and stronger system was necessary States were already acting independently and congress lacked the power to regulate and enforce laws as there were no checks and balances within the system This is seen early on in the second article Each state retains its sovereignty freedom and independence and every power jurisdiction and right which is not by this Confederation expressly delegated to
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