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Preserving the Revolution and Union

Madison's support of the Constitution sought to preserve the ideals and values of the Revolution by sustaining the unity of the new nation. In the spring of 1787 the United States had been on the verge of breaking into independent states and regional confederations. Its economy was crippled by a variety of currencies, state tariffs, threats of secession in the west, a huge national debt, and the inability to defend American merchants from pirates. Popular uprisings, the most famous being Shays' Rebellion in western Massachusetts, destabilized states. Madison believed that the near-collapse of the nation had resulted from the desire of each state to promote its own interest and from the weakness of the national government.

The national government had been created during the Revolutionary War by the Articles of Confederation. Under the Articles, sovereign states agreed to join a loose national...

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