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Once the Revolutionary War had been fought, how did the framers and revolutionaries go about forging and forming a national republic/new nation between 1776 and 1789?

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Fighting with Britain broke out in 1775, and the Declaration of Independence followed one year later. These two events forced the rebellious colonies to quickly create their own governments. By 1777, most of them had a new constitution. These constitutions, which were devised in different ways, were similar in that they all had safeguards for individual liberties, separation of powers, and suffrage dependent on property and religious qualifications.

The Continental Congress was in charge of national affairs, and its constitution was the Articles of Confederation. The key problem with this first national government was its inability to raise taxes or regulate trade. It also lacked executive and judicial branches. Although it succeeded in organizing the western territories, the central government proved to be inadequate. It faced hostile Indians in the South as well as British and Spanish pressure on America's national frontiers. The country was in an economic depression and many...

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