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What problems faced the framers of the Constitution in 1787?

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AS and A Level United States

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What problems faced the framers of the Constitution in 1787?

The American constitution of 1787 was drawn up to replace the gap left behind following the end of British rule and allow the declaration of independence to be translated into a workable government. It sought to replace the articles of the confederation and perpetual union by creating a greater separation of powers and expressing the principles of democracy. The constitution attempted to balance the need for greater federal control and unity amongst the states whilst protecting individual state liberty and ensuring that no group would gain ascendancy. It provided the framework for a government strong enough to protect commerce and weak enough to prevent it from abusing its powers. However the problems that faced the framers of the constitution meant that the constitution would not be complete and further amendments would be needed.

The framers of the constitution faced a wide variety of problems in 1787 mainly concentrated on the diversity between the states.

Historically, the American culture was split following years of settlement from the British the French and the Spanish. There was religious diversity between the states. During the seventeenth century, discontented English

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