The American Constitution A Historical Background

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The American Constitution: A Historical Background 1781-1788 Thesis Statement: The ratification of the United States Constitution in 1787 provided the framework for a new system of government. OUTLINE I. General Background A. Law B. Human Affairs II. Background of the Constitution A. Articles of Confederation B. Shay’s Rebellion III. Constitutional Convention A. Popular Control B. Limited Power IV. Framers of the Constitution A. George Washington B. Benjamin Franklin C. James Madison D. George Mason V. …

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…of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” WORKS CITED 1. United States. Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution. Washington, D.C.; GPO 1996. 2. Robinson, L. Donald. Slavery in the Structure of American Politics 1765-1920. New York: Jovanovich, Inc., 1971. 3. Grolier Electronic Publishing Encyclopedia. CD ROM 1995. 4. Caughey, W. John. A History of the United States. Chicago: Rand McNally and Company, 1964. 5. America On-line. Internet Service.