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The Revolution and Constitution

The United States became a nation after the Revolutionary War (1776–1781), when it won its independence from England. In 1776 the nation declared its independence and wrote its first constitution, known as the Articles of Confederation. The Articles allotted most political powers to state governments and was judged by many political leaders to be ineffective. Yet the articles reflected a fear of centralized government on the part of the nation's founders, and those fears had to be reconciled with the development of a stronger government in the new Constitution. In response to the shortcomings of the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution that still serves the United States was written in 1787 and ratified soon afterward. The Constitution established a representative democracy. It attempted to balance the fear of strong government with an integrated national government in three ways: by separating the powers of the national government...

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