The United States Constitution is a social contract framework that protects natural rights of American citizens such as life and property (Vile 7). John Locke’s ideas are related to those contained in the U.S. Constitution through his natural law theory that states that people are created by an Omnipotent being and that no one should harm or end another person’s life.
The American Revolution
The American Revolution is a vital aspect of American history. It was defined by two traditions found in colonial documents and oaths written by the colonists. The relationship between the U.S constitution and the American Revolution is that the constitution embodies the aspects of the two traditions that were blended to produce most practical constitutional perspective.
The Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence broke all political ties that existed between Great Britain and American colonies (Vile 3). As such, it set forth the principles and ideas that guided the formation of a fair and just American government. The U.S. Constitution formulated and outlined the procedures and mechanisms that the government later used for effective functioning.
The Articles of Confederation
The Articles of Declaration were majorly designed as a result of fear by Americans that a stable federal government would misuse its powers. As such, the Articles of Declaration created a weak central government. Similarly, the U.S constitution limits the powers of the federal government and only allows certain powers to states such as educational policies (Vile 13).
The Constitutional Convention of 1787
The primary purpose of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 was to amend the Articles of Declaration. As such, a new framework was created for the U.S. government to guide its functions with the U.S constitution replacing the Articles of Declaration.
Compromise of the Constitutional Convention
Compromises of the Constitutional Convention was an agreement between the large and small states in the U.S. It defined each state’s legislative and representative structure that would be formulated under the U.S constitution. It allowed for fair and equal Congressional representation for the various states (Vile 27).
The Federalist Papers and Ratification
The Federalist Papers and Ratification were published between 1787 and 1788 with the aim of convincing New York citizens to ratify the Constitution. For the U.S constitution to be effective, it required three-quarters of the states to approve it. As such, the New York citizens were of great importance in the ratification process as they formed the most significant part of the American population.
Vile, John R. A Companion to the United States Constitution and Its Amendments. Westport (Conn.: Praeger, 2006. https://books.google.co.ke/books?id=-QXyUM5BhKUC&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+United+States+Constitution&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjdufLNmPTbAhXBtBQKHVKXBwEQ6AEILTAB#v=onepage&q=The%20United%20States%20Constitution&f=false. Accessed June 27, 2018.