U.S Constitution

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U.S Constitution

The U.S. Constitution, signed on September 17, 1787, established America's national government and fundamental laws, and guaranteed certain basic rights for its citizens.

After America won independence in the Revolutionary War (1775-1783), it became increasingly evident that the young republic needed a stronger central government in order to remain stable. They faced all the problems of peacetime government. The states had to enforce law and order, collect taxes, pay a public debt, and regulate trade. They also had to deal with Indian tribes and negotiate with other governments. Leading statesmen, such as George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, began to discuss the need to create a strong national government under a new constitution.

On December 19, 1777, commander of the Continental Army George Washington, lead his beleaguered troops into Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Things could hardly have looked bleaker for Washington and the Continental Army - The British had successfully occupied Philadelphia, leading members of Congress to question Washington's leadership abilities. The winter at Valley Forge might have signaled the end of the American Revolution. Fortunately for the Continentals though, Washington did not give up. During this time Washington made several key additions, such as the Prussian General Friedrich von Steuben, who was tasked with implementing a new training regimen, and Nathanael Greene, who served as quartermaster general, relieving Washington of the duty of supply procurement. Washington, supported by a loyal officer corps, was now free to focus on strategies to beat the British. In March 1778, Washington led his troops, their bodies and supplies replenished and their confidence restored, out of Valley Forge to face the British again.



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