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What happened in 1787 to change the government?
At the 1787 convention, delegates devised a plan for a stronger federal government with three branches—executive, legislative and judicial—along with a system of checks and balances to ensure no single branch would have too much power.
How has the Constitution changed since 1787?
Amendments. Since 1787, Congress has written 33 amendments to change the Constitution, but the states have ratified only 27 of them. Congress must protect the rights of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and freedom of petition. Congress cannot create a national religion.
What was revised in 1787?
The Constitutional Convention of 1787 was called to revise the ailing Articles of Confederation. Nine states had to approve the Constitution before it could go into effect. After a long and often bitter debate, eleven states ratified the Constitution, which instituted a new form of government for the United States.
Why was the year 1787 a turning point in American history?
It was on this day in 1787 that 39 of our Founding Fathers signed one of the most consequential documents in our history: The Constitution of the United States. Though the Constitution is a powerful document, it is just that – a document. It has authority because we enforce it.
Why was the 1787 Constitutional Convention important?
The Constitutional Convention took place from May 14 to September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The point of the event was decide how America was going to be governed. Although the Convention had been officially called to revise the existing Articles of Confederation, many delegates had much bigger plans.
Why was the declaration of independence a major turning point?
The Declaration of Independence stated that the colonies were no longer under Britain’s control and that America was our own country, a free country. This turning point in America’s history paved the way for the representative government and the rights that we have today.