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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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Samuel Rawlins (2 days ago)
Got that exam tomorrow. . . Crash Course saves the day agin
Christian Chauca (4 days ago)
Get a haircut
Essence Allen (4 days ago)
funk isopod (5 days ago)
Vhector Graphics (7 days ago)
So, Green is an uber-Socialist... I see.
TheMonchisTaco (8 days ago)
About 4.2 million students have been forced to watch this.
Tori Shearer (8 days ago)
Hey John do you ever blink?
Andy Jugon (9 days ago)
I used to enjoy watching your videos before that rant. And just because something is a right doesn't mean the government has to buy it for you. Also when it comes down to gun control there is no credible evidence that gun control actually works. For example you look at the UK right now or homicides robberies and rapes are skyrocketing. Good day sir.
Corey Mensinger (10 days ago)
That libertage comment. If 2016 wasn't proof of that, then I don't know what is. Its arguably the worst college since Trump University.
Phillip Mazzetta (10 days ago)
Why all the NJ hate?
Bart Tare (11 days ago)
Probable boo for many who were not slaves or Native Americans as well, as life at that time was not like the Founding Fathers for most of our ancestors who were here. At least I know it was not for mine. "And when rich people feel like something has to be done, something usually gets done." The story of America.
Must WatchLives (12 days ago)
Brother I love you
Johnny Crack (14 days ago)
11:11 *Rights aren't entitlements.* The rights to bear arms means you have the right to access to any arms the government can use against you. The same way the first amendment gives you the right to have access to any of the media methods the government has to practice its free speech. If the government was required to give arm every citizen because every citizen has a right to bear arms, then the government would have to give every person an iPhone or TV station, so everyone has an equal amount of free speech. *A right is not the same as equal distribution among all citizens. A right is the government not intervening to stop you from gaining access to something.* If you think that you're entitled to a predator drone because it's your right, then I'm also entitled to have my own syndicated news network because CNN has the ability to speak to millions of people, and the government has to pay for mine equal ability to speak to millions of people, or the government "denying my rights." Give me a break. Oh yeah, and the founding fathers had personally seen and used high capacity magazine fed, semi-automatic rifles. Look up the Belton Flintlock.
Cron Cunningham (15 days ago)
We forget that the three-fifths clause was revolutionary for the time because back then even counting people of color as fractions of people was unheard of.
LordTron (16 days ago)
Hamilton wrote the other 51.
LordTron (16 days ago)
Goddamn it Politics.
LOL Interesting (18 days ago)
Yes, it's US history, but your Crashcourse won't work without us providing service to you. GREEN
Cool Jackster (18 days ago)
We should treat this as another 4th of July (launch fireworks and stuff). Who else agrees?
Jacob Price (19 days ago)
Could I get a citation on the college education stat?
Steakismeat (19 days ago)
Actually we copied a lot of other forms of government and made a hybrid of them. The president functions like one, but is elected like a prime minister. Other countries had executives elected by the legislative. Our founders, feeling a system of checks and balances between branches of government being necessary, decided to propose a compromise and have a completely separate body of delegates convene whose sole responsibility was the election of the president. Given this knowledge the electoral college itself isn’t so strange. However the way the vast majority of states have decided to apportion their delegates to the college is strange for a democracy.
JoAnna Bortner (22 days ago)
How manic does one have to be to keep up with this guy ?
NyanPiper (22 days ago)
stiiiiill don’t get it after years of trying to figure it out what the heck is the electoral college because??? If each state has so many electors and if the state wins the popular vote then it wins the electors then what are the elector people doing. How. Why do we need electors if they have to vote however the general state voted. Also as we saw in 2016 using electors to prevent people from actually directly choosing the president doesn’t prevent horrendous presidencies sooo wtf. Pls explain.
NyanPiper (22 days ago)
Peter Malowski (23 days ago)
"They cay gun ownership as a right which meant that if I'm too poor to afford one the government should pay for it." NO! That is not what rights are! That is the idea of a "positive right" which is that you as an individual are owed something. Those don't exist. The only real rights are "negative rights" which are things that people can't take away from you. And then there are "liberties" which are things that no one can DO TO you. That's why "healthcare is a human right" is bullcrap. You have no right to make a doctor work for you. Healthcare is right as far as negative rights go, meaning no one can stop you from getting it. That much I would agree to.
Ya Ga (25 days ago)
I don't know English that much but you sucks
nunya inct (29 days ago)
Liked it up to the point of the anti gun rant. There is no “assault rifle” the AR stands for Armalite Rifle. Any semi automatic functions identically whether it be a pistol or rifle. Period.
Noah Miller (30 days ago)
I get that it was a joke but you're not really wrong about the drone thing.
Karanpreet Mann (30 days ago)
Woody Guthrie
David Stumpfl (30 days ago)
Arin "Egoraptor" Hanson might disagree with you on who the 1st US President was
Catherine Cruz (1 month ago)
Why was the bill of rights first drafted?
No thanks B (1 month ago)
4:42 is that Skrillix to the left in the pink outfit
No thanks B (1 month ago)
Im always forced to watch these videos by my history teacher
maskman200 Morgan (1 month ago)
Wish me good luck on my mid-term tomorrow
W K (1 month ago)
As important as the constitution is, it loses meaning without citizens willing to uphold it. Remember that the USSR had many of our same freedoms on paper, but no one upheld them. Christians were persecuted in spite of having freedom of religion. So stay vigilant.
Lourdes Alberto (1 month ago)
I swear to god. I learn more watching these videos than i do in class
no you're right we do all have the right to buy predator drones if we have the money to do so. That's just a human right.
I swear this show is too full of political bias to be very meaningful
A strong national government is dangerous to the people's liberty
Wait wait wait wait what's wrong with having affairs, soliciting prostitutes, and shooting Alexander Hamilton?
King Friendship (1 month ago)
i can't tell if he serious about the whole hamilton not knowing that guns would get bigger and more dangerous because multiple shot guns already existed and didn't hilton carry a pepper box revolver with him which was a multi shoot gun anyways idk maybe the joke went over my head
Donut Gaming (1 month ago)
4:51 Is that aLExaNDer HAmiLTon i see doing the wave?
Donut Gaming (1 month ago)
"A little rebellion now and then is a good thing..." -Jefferson Not very surprising. XDD Who else only watched this video just hear "Alexander Hamilton"?
Shadow with glasses (1 month ago)
Good luck on the test every AP student!
Woodsmen (1 month ago)
Who is watching this so they don't have to actually study fr a history test?
Christine Rainbow (1 month ago)
APUSH students UNITE!!!
Alex Ray (1 month ago)
The argument that the founders didn't know how much technology would advance when they wrote the second amendment is a bad one. As mentioned, the second amendment is intended to allow citizens to protect against tyranny. Very rarely does a rebel force use conventional warfare to win a war, so if it ever came down to having to fight against a tyrannical government (which I am in no way advocating, NSA) having modern guns currently available to citizens would be a hindrance, but would not completely invalidate the idea of fighting for freedom
ringabel dim (1 month ago)
suit case nukes could be legal *i wanna live in THAT america*
ringabel dim (1 month ago)
ringabel dim (1 month ago)
5:09 "more than half had an education" *my dude,thats half right there*
ringabel dim (1 month ago)
weak government is like non alchoholic beer, *ITS USELESS*
ringabel dim (1 month ago)
"*AMERICA* it turns out nobody thinks electoral college is a good idea" XD
im just a twelve years old trying to study for my constitutional test
Marcus WK (1 month ago)
shaddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy America?????????????????????????????? SLOW DOWN when you talk? SLOW DOWN when you talk? SLOW DOWN when you talk? SLOW DOWN when you talk? SLOW DOWN when you talk?
Matt K (1 month ago)
Came here to get a perspective on the Constitution... got fed a bunch of biased opinions instead. No thanks.
Pardon me are you Arron Burr sir
The_awesome POTATO! (1 month ago)
Why does he hate New Jersey so much?
The_awesome POTATO! (1 month ago)
Also I wonder: What's the Dr.Pepper doing next to George Washington???
FX KD OC (1 month ago)
4:45 what the hell
i honestly hate this guys videos. the way he explains things is soooo irritating.
simply sims (1 month ago)
mr. hernandez class lets goo!
EST 1982 (1 month ago)
The leftist propaganda is strong in this one...
Sniper Milkshake (1 month ago)
You know how to stop tyranny guns
Jeff Keil (1 month ago)
This guy is a socialist commie. Screw him.
C S (1 month ago)
Keep your own irrational, unintelligent opinion out of it you stupid idiot. You have the mind of an 8 year old child.
Gavin Christian (1 month ago)
2018 anyone?
Paul Torrisi (1 month ago)
You have three red spots on the under side of your right arm that are visible at 2.19 dude, this tells me that you are self harming with lit ciggies bro because...because....?
the lost star warrior (1 month ago)
0:00 see George Washington
Kyle Caudill (2 months ago)
Yes lets all go out and get drones. MERICA'
AmtrakFan 101 (2 months ago)
Redneck Nation15 (2 months ago)
I get tired of having to watch these in class
Jonathan Merlo 420 (2 months ago)
I named my rabbit Hamilton his middle name is Alexander
peachy chim (2 months ago)
I have a test tommorow... thanks for this
Alexander (2 months ago)
Im gonna come back to this comment the day before my apush exam.11-14-18
stephanie& emmie (2 months ago)
9:14 spilling some hot tea ☕️
Heidi Chapman (2 months ago)
My favorite author
Whitetigerflash AJ (2 months ago)
4:40 wtf the dude in the orange tho 😂😂
The moose Master (2 months ago)
did you know the american flag was sposed to have 6 point stars
FranDog (2 months ago)
This would've been ok if you didn't add your opinions Mr. CNN
Amine Yahia (2 months ago)
Who watches this video in 2018 ?
hamideh azimi (2 months ago)
i always hated the history, but you completely rocked my world, your way of describing things is awesome. good luck with best wishes
Danny Steffen (2 months ago)
it was good until you started pushing liberal zombie ideology..oh nevermind you said it was scripted at the end, A+ for political agendas in educational videos.
MrDan7931 (2 months ago)
Just don’t California my Texas and we’re good
Elizabeth Schrappe (2 months ago)
*_alexander hamilton_* *_my name is alexander hamilton_* *_and there's a million things I haven't done_* *_but just you wait_* *_just you wait_*
Steakismeat (2 months ago)
Actually one amendment was passed in the history of the articles. However we now refer to it as the constitution.
Paul Moreau (2 months ago)
Just a Canadian trying to understand what happened at the midterms tonight. Gotta start at the beginning...
Lofi_Luni (2 months ago)
4:40 was that skrillex
Haley Gomez (2 months ago)
How does the Bill of Rights have anything to do with all of this?
Abrielle Robare (2 months ago)
4:41 - 4:51 omg that dude is my spirit animal
Ainsley Mcdaniel (2 months ago)
Got test tomorrow fam
Brendan Walsh (2 months ago)
Anyone else notice Skrillex at 4:40?
Tyrin Macklin (2 months ago)
Supergirl 290 (2 months ago)
Had to do this for hw thx, man. (Srsly good vid tho I would like it more if I didn't have to do it for hw)
rob72345 (2 months ago)
Any one else see the hidden skrillex?
Noah Jack Gibby (2 months ago)
6:08 canada, is not great
20Michael Archer (2 months ago)
This guy needs to quit talking fast, I cant understand a word he saying!
Crankiebox 99 (2 months ago)
What do you mean hes not john green Oh wait wrong video
1,998,782 (2 months ago)
I got nothing out of this😀
Anika Ahmed (2 months ago)
who are those four men he criticizes? 9:07
Peyton West (2 months ago)
Hey John u need to listen to the Hamilton: An American Musical Soundtrack.
Alex Wu (2 months ago)
12:25 "the details [of the Constitution] would be worked out in the political process, and then the battlefield" 1. Political Process: Throughout history? 2. By battlefield, do you mean specifically the Civil War?
Abdullah Khan (2 months ago)
I feel like this whole series is just slamming the US. Besides that, it is very informing
TomatoBoy20 (2 months ago)
But its cool you're from Indiana (my dad is from there)

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