In this lesson, our instructor Elizabeth Turro gives an introduction on creating republican institutions. She talks about the state constitutions from 1776 in 1787, John Adam's influence, the bicameral legislature, how women seek a public voice and the loyalist exodus. She also explains searching of national government, congressional powers in the articles, the confederation, the Northwest and the Northwest Territory. The other key points she mentioned are map of Northwest and Southwest Territories, the ordinance of 1784 and 1785, the Northwest ordinance of 1787, the weaknesses of the Articles and diplomatic features.
Fear of creating a strong central gov’t so most believed that it was necessary to have a weak central gov’t led to the creation of the Articles of Confederation
The Articles of Confederation: a loose confederation in which each state retained its independence as well as the powers & rights not “expressly delegated” to the U.S.
The republican quest for educated citizenry provided the avenue for the most important advances made by American women
The NW Territory was established, & 3 ordinances in the 1780s provided for its orderly settlement while reducing the prospect of secessionist movements & dependent colonies of the states.
There were several weaknesses in the Articles, and this led for a call to amend them.
Creating Republican Institutions
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