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Columbia University The federal government of the United States was created by the Constitution, which went into operation in when the first Congress convened and George Washington took the oath of office as president. The government is called federal because it was formed by a compact the Constitution among 13 political units the states.
These states agreed to give up part of their independence, or sovereignty, in order to form a central authority and submit themselves to it. Thus, what was essentially a group of 13 separate countries under the Articles of Confederation united to form one nation under the Constitution When the Declaration of Independence was issued init used the term United States of America.
Until the Constitution was adopted and ratified, however, the 13 states did not really form one nation. They each held onto so many powers individually, including conducting foreign policy and trade negotiations, that the Continental Congress could only do what the states allowed.
The Articles were never the law of the land to the extent that the Constitution is. In essence, the United States as a nation did not come into existence until the Constitution began to function as the framework of the government.
Once the Constitution was in place, tension between the states and the federal government did not automatically cease. Many political thinkers believed that the states were really the supreme authority.
According to this viewpoint, states could nullify acts of the federal government that were disagreeable to them. One of the strongest proponents of this view was John C. Calhoun, senator from South Carolina. His chief opponent was Chief Justice John Marshall. Calhoun's position, called states' rights, has persisted to the present.
It was seriously undermined, however, by the American Civil War. The Preamble to the Constitution lists six purposes for which the new government of the United States of America was established. These purposes, in general, are to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty.
In composing the Preamble the framers of the Constitution were making a statement unprecedented in the history of governments.
In the past, apart from Great Britain, governments were not in the habit of issuing lists of objectives--they simply governed. And government was usually an exercise of power over subjects, not citizens. The wording of the Preamble asserts that the people--not the states--are creating the government and are granting it certain powers for fixed purposes.
Two of these purposes are common to all governments: The other objectives arose from the political thought of the Enlightenment and from the experience of the United States in its relations with Britain.
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