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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: https://www.commonlit.org/texts/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: https://www.commonlit.org/texts/the-bill-of-rights Follow us: http://www.twitter.com/thecrashcourse http://www.twitter.com/realjohngreen http://www.twitter.com/raoulmeyer http://www.twitter.com/crashcoursestan http://www.twitter.com/saysdanica http://www.twitter.com/thoughtbubbler Support CrashCourse on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/crashcourse
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Etanaru e (12 hours ago)
90% of the U.S. needs to watch this video....
ROSSARAPTOR (1 day ago)
I have one question. Why is Skrillex at the Continental Congress?!?!?!
LordThine (1 day ago)
The electoral collage can die in a fire!!
Eric Stevens (3 days ago)
For those doubters of AoC (not that AOC) the Articles, though not ratified until 1781 (League of Friendship) had some positives. 1. From a tactical standpoint it could be argued that Great Britain was combating 13 nation states and additional "territories", yes still a united rebellion but with strategic flexibility vested to local commanders despite no federal outline of military rank and hierarchy. Establishing imminent threat measures for states to have leeway on the emergency use of their local militias. 2. Free states who captured fugitive slaves from other states were not lawfully forced return them to their former masters, although there were provisions for the extradition of criminals. 3,. Authorized treaty powers to negotiate with Native American tribes. 4. Establishing a Federal Court of Appeals (later Federal Court System) 5. AoC was recognized as the governing framework when the British negotiated Treaty of Paris, signed in 1783, otherwise they would left the issue untenable.
Tom McMorrow (3 days ago)
As someone who already finished college (and also never went to high school. Long story), I'm going to ignore the overwhelming theme of these comments and instead ask why does everyone hate on my state (NJ)? I mean I know why *I* do (*raises finance-major fist at taxes*), but I want to know why everyone *else* does.
Robert Abbott (7 days ago)
they may have stole her from a government but they didn't do it when it was corrupt
Boyi Zheng (8 days ago)
Dat Canada reference had me
Everyone says they are here for the Ap exam but I am here for the summer homework after the Ap exam
Harlan Wade (8 days ago)
The_awesome POTATO! (9 days ago)
Anyone else bothering to pause the intro to read the facts they give you during the intro? No... OK...
Anna Cowan (9 days ago)
Man I never realized just how liberal Crash Course is until recently.... disappointing.
Marissa Longo (11 days ago)
This episode did not age well in relation to the electoral college.
Apex (10 days ago)
And it will continue to not age well, because 2016 was not, in fact, the first time the winner of the electoral college lost the popular vote, it was the fifth.
IliadNetFear (12 days ago)
It's kinda ignorant to suggest Hamilton wouldn't have thought that firearms would evolve, being that while they were penning the Constitution, numerous firearms were available that sought to end the Musket/Pennsylvania Long Rifle's one shot fire mechanism. From the Puckle Gun to Congress's offer of the Belton Flintlock, there were many weapons in that time that tried to jumpstart rapid fire weapon evolution. Also, James Madison confirmed that Cannons were consititutionally protected under the 2nd Amendment. A cannon then is what a drone is now.
Keilah Villasana (12 days ago)
when rich people thought something needed to be done, they got the poor people to do it for them
Stephen LeBlanc (13 days ago)
The point of "the electors" was always a lie used to sell it. The real issue was allowing slave states more power in electing presidents...without letting slaves vote.
Stephen LeBlanc (13 days ago)
This summary does not emphasize compromises thought necessary to protect slavery. Using Virginia and New Jersey as large and small states are not good examples. The point of the electoral college was to protect slavery. Federalism was to protect slavery.
Thomas McGrath (16 days ago)
A lot of the editorializing done in these videos is pithy but extremely biased and seemingly uninformed (for example it's pretty well established that, despite also likely being racist, representatives from northern states wanted slaves not to count as people to give less political power to southern slave states where, you know, they would be counted as people without being able to vote) . That said, they are pretty amazing broad brush accounts that adhere to the actual events.
Mike Savage (17 days ago)
Bad realy bad slow down
Carlos Paniagua (19 days ago)
Pmsa? anyone
Lakisha Davis (19 days ago)
I know that it is a lot of information, but some of us retain information faster or slower, than others. My request is that you slow down, because you talk really fast. I find myself looking at your videos 3 or 4 times just catch what you were talking about. Thank you
Farhana Syed (1 day ago)
sitkadiver40 (20 days ago)
I'm Stunned.... I thought the Greens were from Montana.
whitefly2 (21 days ago)
Don't believe anything these guys say.
whitefly2 (21 days ago)
The US citizen has no political rights associated with citizenship because the US citizen relies on the 14th Amendment for it's creation. The 14th Amendment doesn't incorporate the Bill of Rights protections into the Amendment. The only inherent right the US citizen has is the right to reside on US territory. The 14th Amendment created a second class of citizens because Dred Scott said blacks could never have Constitutionally protected rights because the Constitution deemed them to be property. To be a US citizen you must have taken the Citizenship Oath in front of someone entitled to administer the oath. The United States is all the land owned by The United States of America.
Wurdness Turdness (21 days ago)
To sum up, 12:22 US Constitution bad... Vague piece of paper... Details... blah,blah,blah. The battlefield is meaningless... Thanks for watching... My liberal high school history teacher made me create this video.
Ahhhhhh (22 days ago)
If I don’t pass the constitution test I don’t pass my grade.... 1 like = 1 prayer for me
Nerdette of Reptiles (22 days ago)
And shoot Alexander Hamilton😂
BUSA RIDER (23 days ago)
This snowflake screams lefty, we live in a constitutional republic, and no we dont need big govt. Big govt. has killed over 250 million ppl over the last few hundred years, u sheeple need 2 wake the hell up and start thinking 4 urself
Andrea Gerlach (23 days ago)
alright, crashcourse, tell me the facts. don't push your socialist criticisms.
Brandon Pillay (27 days ago)
4:40 I see Skrillex. Historical inaccuracy I say!
Fabricio Emmanuelli (28 days ago)
You can tell this moron is a democrat! He really thinks he is smart! 😂 let me guess do you believe fossil fuels come from fossils? Of course he does! All morons believe in what the tell them!
William Esping (1 month ago)
Actually many other countries have a similar form of government. They don’t elect their leader via popular vote. They elect their leader via a vote of parliament. We almost had the same thing except the framers wanted separation between the legislative branch and the executive. So they decided on the creation of a temporary parliament whose sole duty was to elect the president and vice president. This would be known as the electoral college.
#Anti-Federalists#USA (1 month ago)
Our generations attack by the federalists is the patriot act.
Janick (1 month ago)
"This machine kills fascists" - Solidarity brother!
Carissa Vietti (1 month ago)
Fun fact, the articles of confederation were created and signed in my hometown ☺️
DswordStrong (1 month ago)
My ancestor signed the constitution and Declaration of Independence
Caleb Woodbury (1 month ago)
I love the not-so-subtle agenda pushing in this video.
Caleb Woodbury (1 month ago)
What incredible ignorance about the 3/5 compromise. If it weren't for the compromise, the South would have had the political leverage of the an unrepresented slave population. With the power in the hands of the slave owners, we may still have slavery today!
Joseph Garcia (1 month ago)
Should have a CrashCourse for the whole Constitution, explaining it and all of its amendments
Koushita Gouri (1 month ago)
Everyone is talking about APUSH and I'm just here to study for finals
xVortex (1 month ago)
dude i used to hate history. now its fun
Caleb Taylor (1 month ago)
You're liberal bro
Shane Barnes (1 month ago)
hurr durr guns are bad!
Grace Butler (1 month ago)
7 hours until the APUSH exam so I’m on a crash course marathon lmao
Ava Steinbach (1 month ago)
Ap test in less than 10 hours= binging the us history crash course playlist on x2 speed
Christopher Ji (1 month ago)
Is it me or did this guy just not address the bill of rights
Jacob Parker (1 month ago)
How are there 1.9k dislikes on this
Loopy (1 month ago)
Time to cry over the apush exam....
K Х (1 month ago)
well... let's get this bread I guess
sodalegs (1 month ago)
1/3 comments: Lin Manuel Mirandalists who got too involved in the history part of History. 1/3 comments: Crying APUSH/AP Gov't students the day before the exam. The rest: Miscellaneous but still crying, probably teachers or failing freshman
Hannah Hubler (1 month ago)
1 like = 1 five on the APUSH exam
Noelle Pratt (1 month ago)
Yay we love cramming in all of US history in less than 48 hours for an APUSH class! WE LOVE PROCRASTINATION! Also crash course helped me get through my world history honors class with my crazy teacher (yes we’re looking at you ms. Snyder)😇
Luke Godbold (1 month ago)
Friday is the AP exam... This sucks. Who's here CRAMMING and spending hours and hours of your life in an endeavor you won't even remember in five years? Good luck.
Ahmed Barzaq (25 days ago)
@twin snakes good job then atleast u can rest now
twin snakes (27 days ago)
Ahmed Barzaq I don’t think I did the greatest but at the same time I didn’t do horrible. I couldn’t get to finish the last 3 MCQs but it’s fine bc I’m not gonna get penalized for that. I already knew that one of the SAQs was gonna be about Manifest Destiny so that bag was secured. I didn’t do that great one of the DBQ, but I think I did pretty well on the LEQ
Ahmed Barzaq (27 days ago)
@twin snakes how did it go
Ahmed Barzaq (27 days ago)
Soo how did it go
twin snakes (1 month ago)
Taking it in an hour and a half!!! Go crazy stupid
isaac melville (1 month ago)
I like Minecraft
4:54 That sound reminded me Windows 98
Jacky Huang (1 month ago)
jada towner (8 days ago)
well how’d you do jacky?
M (1 month ago)
Lmao "and the Senate was designed to pass nothing at all" just like me
I don’t know (1 month ago)
9:16 "Many Americans hate the electoral college" Oh, 2013 John, just you wait until 2016.
I don’t know (1 month ago)
@Ryan Stier I was trying to make a joke about how people, especially Democrats, hate the electoral college for electing Trump in 2016.
Ryan Stier (1 month ago)
why do u hate it? Give one good reason why lol
I don’t know (1 month ago)
Good morning, AP US Government students!
Jacques Fleischer (1 month ago)
4:40 magical outfit change
The Name!!! ,Brown (1 month ago)
So why did the founding fathers purposely create a weak federal government?...anybody?
Syed - Dingamabob (1 month ago)
before the consitution was written a weak federal government was created, because the colonies had just fought for their independence from britain. colonists wanted a weak federal government because they feared the tyrannical rule they had endured under british control.
Lisa Mathis (1 month ago)
James Madison is the author of The Federalist Papers not Hamilton ! I know ... James Madison is my 9 and 11th great uncle and cousin !!!
Mayonnaise Moose (1 month ago)
Jacob Levario (1 month ago)
This is months of learning and I learned it on YouTube in 13:00. I’m ashamed of my school
Chrissy Bryant (1 month ago)
My final is today and I forgot about the articles lol
Wren Leslie (1 month ago)
why are none of these comments talking about Skrillex at 4:40
Fausto German (1 month ago)
Roses are red violets are blue If this covered your whole history unit Then leave a like to
Fausto German (1 month ago)
Thanks this is so helpful
silver moon (1 month ago)
Hi neighbor,🙋 from Michigan ✋❄🔥⛄⚡
Rita Baumann (1 month ago)
If you are touting this as an educational medium, it has too much opinion in it.
slitor (1 month ago)
Waaaaath! Sure Norway copied you....just not the first amendment....Gotta keep Jews and Jesuits out you know.
Elijah Ford (1 month ago)
BattlestarZenobia (1 month ago)
American elections aren’t democratic, period!
Rachel Trabelsi (1 month ago)
Respect for New Jersey Please.
CSF named jimmy (2 months ago)
I'm just zealous about freedom of religion
Kaamil N. (2 months ago)
Thank you for helping me doge the belt and be able to ace this test😁( this took my class 4 months of fifth grade to do this
Grace KS (2 months ago)
*first nations
ARMY2kFOREVER (2 months ago)
Yo John why you gotta roast Jersey like that Shut up I got something in my eye ok 😢🤧
Chara Gamer Butterfly (2 months ago)
I have to take the test today
vefvefvf Jolly (2 months ago)
im sorry but this document is still relevant so
Jorge Morga (2 months ago)
Hello:) im a fresh graduate of bachelor of secondary education major in social studies...i would like to ask how to create something like this like moving stickmans and stuff...it would be cool to have like this in my discussion:) to pique the interest of my students...it would help me alot...thank you and Godbless
The Therman (2 months ago)
No reference to the Magna Carta or the English Bill of Rights?
Edgar Perez (2 months ago)
The process mentioned in Federalist paper 68 , is that process the same process we use now ?( electing a president )
dudethatworks2487 (2 months ago)
Liberal bias anybody?
Jacob McInnes (2 months ago)
Holy....left wing bias...Batman.
matt schmeeckle (2 months ago)
Just missing the point by a long shot.
Asiyah Hussain (2 months ago)
Anyone else here to study for their constitution test?
Josh M (2 months ago)
Second amendment was not just for muskets. There are many semi-auto and auto rifles like the belt-and flintlock girandoni air rifle, the puckle gun at the time. The founding fathers knew of these rifles and accounted for the technological advances and allowed these weapons to exist
Erika Vilares (2 months ago)
You're a really GREAT prof!
SimonTek (2 months ago)
I thought I saw you in Bloomington
TM (2 months ago)
Who else is trying to cram this information in your head before tomorrow? 😂 Help me lord I’m struggling
Juan Serrano-martinez (2 months ago)
Angel Hernandez (2 months ago)
I be flossin
Angel Hernandez (2 months ago)
Bob Aguilar (2 months ago)
Cinnabun (2 months ago)
This really wants you to know how liberal he is.
Sophie Nguyễn (2 months ago)
I literally just got an ad from a college about the Constitution...wow slow clap for Youtube
David C (5 days ago)
Trevor Ferrigno (26 days ago)
ThePatrioticAmerican (2 months ago)
Jefferson, the true Patriot... Screw big gov Hamilton.
Negasso Kadir (2 months ago)
Yeah patriot...we’d have no industry, no regulation, we would barley even be a country
ThePatrioticAmerican (2 months ago)
This leaves so much out... The further dumbing of America.
kixphantom (2 months ago)
The constitution is not a vague document.
isabel (2 months ago)
9:22 did not age well
Joseph (3 months ago)
More history and less of your own political commentary please ...

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