New Nation

Developments in the Newly Formed United States

The Articles of Confederation

A constitution written during the American Revolution to establish the powers of the new national government


  • Weak national government
  • Congress had no power to tax
  • No common currency
  • Gave each state one vote regardless of size
  • No executive or judicial branches

The Constitution

  • George Washington was president of the Constitutional Convention
  • Was drafted to try to fix weaknesses in the Articles of Confederation
  • Three separate branches: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial

The Great Compromise

How many votes each state would have in the Senate and House of Representatives

The Bill of Rights

Provide a written guarantee of individual rights: Speech, religion, etc.