He participated in the Continental Congress between 1783 and 1785 and was invited to the Annapolis Convention, but he did not attend. He also spent most of the 1780’s in the Delaware legislature. Bedford was among the 55 delegates invited to the Constitutional Convention on 1787 and was one of the most vocal speakers in the convention. ------------------------------------------------- Notes: Articles of Confederation: Gunning Bedford Junior joined those who wanted to amend the articles of confederation, but when he liked the idea of a new constitution when it was brought up. Congress: He supported the idea a new constitution (one that followed the New Jersey Plan) to be signed into law.
How accurate are they? a. Part of the regional tensions were due the northern delegates wanting to end slavery and the southern delegates wanting to increase slavery .Mason of Virginia was against slavery, he felt the government should have more power over slavery. His predictions are pretty accurate. Ellsworth from Connecticut considered in moral light, ought to free those already in the country.
November 1777 The Continental Congress passed the Articles of Confederation. The national government had few powers, because Americans were afraid a strong government would lead to tyranny. It was run by a Continental Congress. They had the power to wage war, make peace, sign treaties, and issue money. July 1778 Eight states ratified the Articles.
This meant for the admission of Main as a free state. In this new compromise it was stated that slavery was not to be permitted in the newly acquired French area north of the 36’ 30’ parallel. This meant for equal representation in the Senate, but a growing an unbalanced view in the House of Representatives because of
Declaration of the Rights of Man Vs. Declaration of the Rights of Woman In 1789 the delegates from the third estate took the tennis court oath, which stated that the group wouldn’t break up until it had succeeded in creating a new national constitution. They called themselves the National Assembly and after two months and six days of debate and voting they issued the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen. This declaration contains seventeen articles, which makes the justification for authority no longer the King’s will but the protection of the natural rights of man. However, this document does not acknowledge any rights of women whatsoever.
KING GEORGE III REFUSED TO RECEIVE THE OLIVE BRANCH PETITION. EVEN THOUGH A MONTH EARLIER CONGRESSS HAD AUTHORIZED THE CREATION OF THE FIRST CONTINENTAL ARMY, AND HAD ISSUED PAPER MONEY TO PAY FOR THE TROOPS (DAVIDSONP-123). PARLAMENT HAD ORDERED ALL TRADE WITH THE COLONIES STOPPED, AND SEIZURE OF ALL COLONIAL MERCHANT SHIPS ON THE HIGH SEAS. ON JUNE 7TH VIRGINIA’S RICHARD HENRY LEE OFFERED A MOTION TO CONGRESS “THAT THESE UNITED COLONIES ARE, AND OF RIGHT OUGHT TO BE FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES…AND THAT ALL POLITICAL CONNECTION BETWEEN THEM AND THE STATE OF GREAT BRITAIN, IS AND OUGHT TO BE TOTALLY DISSOLVED.” AFTER LEE’S MOTION, CONGRESS DECIDED TO DRAFT A DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. THE MAN, WHO WAS GIVEN THE JOB TO UNDERTAKE THE DRAFTING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, WAS A YOUNG 33 YEAR OLD PLANTER, AND LAWYER NAMED THOMAS JEFFERSON.
The most important of those points, the League of Nations was set up in Europe to help maintain order and discourage international alliances. Ironically, the United States never joined the group, its Congress having a majority of Republicans compared to the democratric president. Wilson described the Congress’ inability to pass the League of Nations bill as, “an ineffaceable stain upon the honor of the United States.” When Harding became president in 1921, he practically took a vow to eliminate the United States from the negotiating table, undoing almost all of Wilson’s fourteen points. He even set up a treaty with Germany and Austria, separate from that of Britain and France. Harding also set up a diplomatic partnership with oil companies, namely ones in Colombia.
When the war was over slavery was abolished but in the Presidential Election of 1864, Douglass did not support Lincoln because he felt that Lincoln was not enforcing that the blacks still could not vote, instead he supported John C. Fremont. When Lincoln died Douglass was one of the speakers, saying that Lincoln was a “white man’s president”, he also mentioned the positive and negatives about Lincoln’s presidency and how Lincoln want the expansion of slavery to stop but not completely eliminated. When Douglass gave his monthly speech in September 1861 “The Mission for War” (Douglass 176), he wanted to criticize the way that the army was being segregated and how black were not being given the same opportunities as white soldiers. He begins by mentioning how many blacks fought during the Revolutionary War, who received their freedom, but would still be willing to fight for their country if need be. But the Union does not want blacks with weapons since they themselves believed that black soldiers would not make for adequate troops.
After George Washington was elected president of the Philadelphia Convention, he decided something had to be done to correct and strengthen the central government and laws. George Washington and James Madison decided the Articles of Confederation was not enough to help keep America going. An assembly was scheduled to revise the Articles, but rather than revising, it was better to draft a new Constitution. Out of 74 delegates, 55 attended the assembly. Some delegates could not be at the assembly, while a few refused to go because they didn’t want changes made to created and empower a national
Jefferson countered with the creation of the Democratic-Republican Party, supporting state’s rights and a strict interpretation of the Constitution. Under this view, any power not specifically stated in the Constitution belonged to the states alone, and the federal government could not exercise it. The first board of the First Bank of the United States had twenty-five members. Three were U.S. senators, four were members of the House of Representatives, one was a doctor, and the rest were lawyers, merchants, and brokers. The Federalist Party held the majority of seats, with 80 percent of the board’s members hailing from the cities of New York, Boston, and Philadelphia.