The Constitution, the Articles, and Federalism: Crash Course US History #8

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In which John Green teaches you about the United States Constitution. During and after the American Revolutionary War, the government of the new country operated under the Articles of Confederation. While these Articles got the young nation through its war with England, they weren’t of much use when it came to running a country. So, the founding fathers decided try their hand at nation-building, and they created the Constitution of the United States, which you may remember as the one that says We The People at the top. John will tell you how the convention came together, some of the compromises that had to be made to pass this thing, and why it’s very lucky that the framers installed a somewhat reasonable process for making changes to the thing. You’ll learn about Shays’ Rebellion, the Federalist Papers, the elite vs rabble dynamic of the houses of congress, and start to find out just what an anti-federalist is.

Hey teachers and students – Check out CommonLit’s free collection of reading passages and curriculum resources to learn more about the events of this episode.Founding Fathers debated over how to govern the new nation, beginning with the Articles of Confederation:
When the Founding Fathers finally wrote the Constitution, they realized that they needed to add The Bill of Rights to get citizens on board with the new government:

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  1. despna n

    January 7, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    why do you speak so fast????

  2. Name Here

    January 7, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Oh electoral collage… one thing the US and France have in common. Have fun being French, America >: )

  3. professorhoodoo

    January 7, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    This isn't exactly right…..

  4. John Gallagher

    January 7, 2018 at 2:59 pm


  5. John Gallagher

    January 7, 2018 at 3:20 pm


  6. Kerilee Nickles

    January 7, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    I have a question. According to the articles you needed only 9 out of 13 states in order to ratify something, but didn't the Constitution allow for majority rule? So, when the Constitution was in the process of becoming ratified, did they need to go by the 9 out of 13 thing or the majority thing? And, even though they got 9/13, they still wanted VA and NY to join to give it more umph right? Perhaps this is a dumb question, but I'm trying to explain it to inquiring students, and it's confusing!

  7. Ben Halpern

    January 7, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    I think that Trump could watch this…

  8. Logan Anderson

    January 7, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Viva Daniel Shays!

  9. Sarah Strong

    January 7, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    a constitution written by rich white male slave masters who violently opposed paying taxes. creating a system of greed and ensalAvement thaT LIVES ON…

  10. Hanna Takeuchi

    January 7, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    This is probably my favourite Crash Course US history episode (and I'm not even American) from John's constantly referencing Alexander Hamilton to the beautiful comments from my fellow Hamiltrash.

  11. Kp 87

    January 7, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Almost all of the comments are about Hamilton 😂

  12. Emma Brannen

    January 7, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Pretty sure they didn't want the slaves to be counted as part of the population was because
    a. they couldn't vote and were not treated as people and b. they didn't want to let the slave holding states get more power in the gov to vote for slave defending laws

  13. Marie Miller

    January 7, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    the context of arms were clearly outlaid …it said that the people can bare arms equal to what ever is found in regular infantry unit…meaning that if 6 or 8 men can move it or drag it around then is was legal for the public to own them types of weapons…so i argue the exact opposite they did leave room in the documents for advancing weapons tech…as the weapons found in a regular infantry unit advanced so did the types of weapons allowed to the public could advance….keep in mind the public has to buy and pay for its own weapons so finding them with million dollar equipment is kind of rare…

  14. carlos king

    January 7, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Lmao "founding fathers"!!! They didn't find America it was already there they just invaded and destroyed the natives houses and stole land and raped

  15. Kaare Withersmann

    January 7, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    I think every one should be able to own firearms, or just a weapon in general for self defense.
    People who thinks the world is all peace and flowers are living in La-la land.

  16. ALI -OOP- SHER

    January 7, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    i have that same exact eagle figurine at my house

  17. Jake Roberts

    January 7, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Yet another video where a socialist tells us how the U.S. government works. Yawn.

  18. Michael Mountain

    January 7, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    god damn you're so annoying i cant even watch this

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