States Vs Federal Government

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The 224 Year Long Battle: States vs. Federal Government HIS 303 03/11/2013 On December 15, 1791 the Bill of Rights was ratified and brought with it the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution. There were 12 amendments brought forth; however only ten would be ratified. It is the last amendment in the Bill of Rights that this paper will focus on. It states that, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people” (Bill of Rights, 1791). In laymen’s terms any powers not granted to the federal government through the Constitution, and are not prohibited to the States, are reserved to the States or the people.…show more content…
The Framers of the Constitution wanted America to be free and they wanted a government that was ran by the people and for the people. The years leading up to the American Revolution the colonist saw the king and Parliament of England put their hands in colonial business, specifically when it came to dealing with taxes. All of the states wanted to ensure that the same thing did not happen with the new government. Hence the 10th Amendment was written into the Bill of Rights. President Adams passed the Aliens and Sedition Act in 1798, shortly thereafter Kentucky passed a resolution that declared, “This commonwealth does upon the most deliberate reconsideration declare, that the said alien and sedition laws, are in their opinion, palpable violations of the said constitution; and however cheerfully it may be disposed to surrender its opinion to a majority of its sister states in matters of ordinary or doubtful policy; yet, in momentous regulations like the present, which so vitally wound the best rights of the citizen, it would consider a silent acquiescence as highly criminal: That although this commonwealth as a party to the federal compact; will bow to the laws of the Union, yet it does at the same time declare, that it will not now, nor ever hereafter, cease to oppose in a constitutional manner, every…show more content…
At this point they had felt that the federal government had overstepped its boundaries one to many times. Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee would follow South Carolinas lead in seceding from the United States and thus forming the Confederate States of America. In 1865 after the Civil War had ended American would begin to rebuild itself through a series of four acts that were known as “Reconstruction” and it would bring with it the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments (Abolishing slavery, citizen’s rights not to be abridged, and race no bar to voting rights) to prevent states from denying certain basic rights to U.S.

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