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In 1776 in April the 2nd Congress had asked the colonies to form Governments and to draw rdiger constitution This was before the Declaration of Independence in July For its part Congress wrote a constitution to unify the colonies The Articles of Confederation it was voted in 1777 and ratified by the colonies in 1781It established a single Chamber national Congress the House of Representatives Each colony state would send 1 representative Congress could not levy taxes without the consent of each State There was no executive branch The President and his administration and there was no judicial system The Articles of Confederation aimed to create a confederacy of Stare rather than a Federal State The Federal Congress had limited powers The Articles of Confederation worked during the war because the colonies felt compelled obliger de to unite After Independence was won the Articles proved inadequate and therefore in 1786 the Congress appointed a committee of 55 members to amend the Articles The Federal Convention Instead of amending the Articles the Commission wrote a new one It was presided by George Washington and among the members were James Madison later a US president 1808-1817 Alexander Hamilton the 1st US Secretary ministre of the Treasury Thomas Jefferson was away in Paris as American ambassador The members of the Federal Convention together with the members of the Commission that drafted the Declaration of Independence became known as the Founding Fathers Pres Fondateurs The Constitution of the United-States had 6 defining principles principe de la dmocratie 1It rested sappuyer sur on the belief that a Governments right to rule- its legitimacy-depends upon the consent of the Governed see the Declaration of the Independence 2It sought to exclude hasty or impulsive decision-making prise de decision It made sure the Government could only act when there was a widely shared consensus on a clearly and widely accepted public good The Fathers were suspicious se mfiaient de of the majority
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