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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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Brandon Pillay (2 days ago)
4:40 I see Skrillex. Historical inaccuracy I say!
Fabricio Emmanuelli (2 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 (5 days 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 (6 days ago)
Our generations attack by the federalists is the patriot act.
Janick (8 days ago)
"This machine kills fascists" - Solidarity brother!
Carissa Vietti (9 days ago)
Fun fact, the articles of confederation were created and signed in my hometown ☺️
DswordStrong (9 days ago)
My ancestor signed the constitution and Declaration of Independence
Caleb Woodbury (9 days ago)
I love the not-so-subtle agenda pushing in this video.
Caleb Woodbury (9 days 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 (10 days ago)
Should have a CrashCourse for the whole Constitution, explaining it and all of its amendments
Koushita Gouri (11 days ago)
Everyone is talking about APUSH and I'm just here to study for finals
xVortex (11 days ago)
dude i used to hate history. now its fun
Caleb Taylor (12 days ago)
You're liberal bro
Shane Barnes (13 days ago)
hurr durr guns are bad!
Grace Butler (14 days ago)
7 hours until the APUSH exam so I’m on a crash course marathon lmao
Ava Steinbach (14 days ago)
Ap test in less than 10 hours= binging the us history crash course playlist on x2 speed
Christopher Ji (14 days ago)
Is it me or did this guy just not address the bill of rights
Jacob Parker (14 days ago)
How are there 1.9k dislikes on this
Loopy (14 days ago)
Time to cry over the apush exam....
K Х (14 days ago)
well... let's get this bread I guess
sodalegs (14 days 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 (14 days ago)
1 like = 1 five on the APUSH exam
Noelle Pratt (15 days 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 (16 days 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 (1 hour ago)
+twin snakes good job then atleast u can rest now
twin snakes (1 day 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 (1 day ago)
+twin snakes how did it go
Ahmed Barzaq (1 day ago)
Soo how did it go
twin snakes (14 days ago)
Taking it in an hour and a half!!! Go crazy stupid
isaac melville (17 days ago)
I like Minecraft
4:54 That sound reminded me Windows 98
Jacky Huang (18 days ago)
M (18 days ago)
Lmao "and the Senate was designed to pass nothing at all" just like me
I don’t know (19 days ago)
9:16 "Many Americans hate the electoral college" Oh, 2013 John, just you wait until 2016.
I don’t know (17 days 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 (18 days ago)
why do u hate it? Give one good reason why lol
I don’t know (19 days ago)
Good morning, AP US Government students!
Jacques Fleischer (19 days ago)
4:40 magical outfit change
The Name!!! ,Brown (19 days ago)
So why did the founding fathers purposely create a weak federal government?...anybody?
Syed - Dingamabob (19 days 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 (20 days 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 (19 days ago)
Jacob Levario (21 days ago)
This is months of learning and I learned it on YouTube in 13:00. I’m ashamed of my school
Chrissy Bryant (21 days ago)
My final is today and I forgot about the articles lol
Wren Leslie (22 days ago)
why are none of these comments talking about Skrillex at 4:40
Fausto German (24 days ago)
Roses are red violets are blue If this covered your whole history unit Then leave a like to
Fausto German (24 days ago)
Thanks this is so helpful
silver moon (25 days ago)
Hi neighbor,🙋 from Michigan ✋❄🔥⛄⚡
Rita Baumann (26 days ago)
If you are touting this as an educational medium, it has too much opinion in it.
slitor (27 days ago)
Waaaaath! Sure Norway copied you....just not the first amendment....Gotta keep Jews and Jesuits out you know.
Elijah Ford (27 days ago)
BattlestarZenobia (29 days ago)
American elections aren’t democratic, period!
Rachel Trabelsi (29 days ago)
Respect for New Jersey Please.
CSF named jimmy (1 month ago)
I'm just zealous about freedom of religion
Kaamil N. (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
*first nations
ARMY2kFOREVER (1 month ago)
Yo John why you gotta roast Jersey like that Shut up I got something in my eye ok 😢🤧
Chara Gamer Butterfly (1 month ago)
I have to take the test today
vefvefvf Jolly (1 month ago)
im sorry but this document is still relevant so
Jorge Morga (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
No reference to the Magna Carta or the English Bill of Rights?
Edgar Perez (1 month ago)
The process mentioned in Federalist paper 68 , is that process the same process we use now ?( electing a president )
dudethatworks2487 (1 month ago)
Liberal bias anybody?
Jacob McInnes (1 month ago)
Holy....left wing bias...Batman.
matt schmeeckle (1 month ago)
Just missing the point by a long shot.
Asiyah Hussain (1 month ago)
Anyone else here to study for their constitution test?
Josh M (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
You're a really GREAT prof!
SimonTek (1 month ago)
I thought I saw you in Bloomington
TM (1 month ago)
Who else is trying to cram this information in your head before tomorrow? 😂 Help me lord I’m struggling
Juan Serrano-martinez (1 month ago)
Angel Hernandez (1 month ago)
I be flossin
Angel Hernandez (1 month ago)
Bob Aguilar (1 month ago)
Cinnabun (1 month ago)
This really wants you to know how liberal he is.
Sophie Nguyễn (1 month ago)
I literally just got an ad from a college about the Constitution...wow slow clap for Youtube
Trevor Ferrigno (1 day ago)
ThePatrioticAmerican (2 months ago)
Jefferson, the true Patriot... Screw big gov Hamilton.
Negasso Kadir (1 month 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 (2 months ago)
More history and less of your own political commentary please ...
Chloe Gaming and Crafts (2 months ago)
yeah..... i could possibly learn more from this than in actual class... ((sorry Mrs. Payne))
Coal Creek Defense (2 months ago)
A right, in the terms we're discussing here, is not so ething the government has to provide you. It's something the government cannot take away from you(and since government finds "cannot" really I convenient, they append "without due process"). We have the right to keep and bear arms, meaning the government can't stop us from doing so(without due process), but they don't have to PROVIDE us with arms. If we want to say healthcare is a right, then it has to be interpreted through the same lens.
Nunya Bizz (2 months ago)
the founding fathers knew technology and weapons would advance 🙄 rapid fire guns and explosives existed back then
Mr.Beast (2 months ago)
12:08 the diet Dr Pepper
Nicholas Malino (2 months ago)
I would hate to get stuck in an elevator with this guy. Arrrgggghhh
lord reyna (2 months ago)
You know if John Green ran in 2020 I would sooooo vote for him.
Gregory Vaillancourt (2 months ago)
Absolutely moronic! NEW history revisionist garbage.
Blizzrobe Gamer (2 months ago)
4:42 Why is Skrillex there?
Takhmina Shermirzoeva (2 months ago)
Sooooooo mr green did you make up the “jokes”
Crash Course is one of the few academic youtubers that I actually have to slow the video down!
HaywireOfAlba (2 months ago)
school nukings
Tamerlane (2 months ago)
This is so sad can we get 9,000,000 dead traitors
alien (2 months ago)
you talk too fast. hmph
lexa mckenzie (2 months ago)
what a nerd... am i right but thanks😎
the term is native american you twat
A C (2 months ago)
he is so into hamilton and the play didnt come out till 2015 this was 2013 so he is the og fan hahahahhaha lollll
Acats Life (2 months ago)
The tongue at the beginning
Vanessa VM (2 months ago)
Thank you.I am 30 years old going to college for the first time but learning about U.S. History for the first time .Today I have my first government exam and I'm so excited 😝 this video deserves all the likes 🙌 Thank you!! Gracias!!!
Fast Turtles (2 months ago)
Everybody talks about Hamilton, but Madison was better and a president. Also who the heck is John Jay
It'sMoe (3 months ago)
Alexander gonna come back from the grave and get u
Gerald Brown (3 months ago)
Sorry, but this information is flawed. You failed to tell the truth. The war debt was owed to Britain and Britain couldn't get their money under the article's of confederation. They met in private with the elite class and worked out a constitution in which they could get their money from the American people.
Aly Callaghan (3 months ago)
I like this show a lot, but they are not called Indians. They are not from India, no other country in the world still calls them that. It looks very uneducated. They are called Indigenous, as again..they are not from India
Humble Jaay (3 months ago)
Talking to fast
Oskar Theme (3 months ago)
I have no respectful regard of the Constitution. The United States of America was formally founded in 1781. The 1789 Constitution was a peaceful coup *over* the United States of America and its results began to manifest within 2 years, with the Whiskey Rebellion. It was an outright overthrow and hardly anyone knows it. Slickest political move ever until the Republicans got Obamacare.
MDalal91 (3 months ago)
"I know I talk too much, I’m abrasive You’re incredible in court You’re succinct, persuasive My client needs a strong defense You’re the solution" "Who’s your client?" "The new U.S. Constitution?" No.
Daniel Canizales (3 months ago)
"And when rich people feel like something has to be done, something is usually done."😂😆
omar abdi (3 months ago)
that's how Trump got elected
Matthew Geary (3 months ago)
11:19 The 2nd amendment says that you have the right to own a gun, and that you must own one. This is a stupid argument and an obvious political bias. Great video otherwise.
Robert Jarman (3 months ago)
Citizen militias do exist around the world, and using firearms in this way isn't that strange. The US is geographically isolated from most of those who could seriously be a risk to the safety of the US, and trying to invade it would be a difficult thing to do. Plus, the wealth of the US that any invasion could capture would be destroyed in such an invasion. Even some of the most advanced democracies and republics in the world, like all of the Nordic countries I might add, do use conscription, the Nordics of both men and women, and the consequences for not joining aren't that huge, in contrast to places like South Korea. And others have programs that give you benefits if you take a basic class, or let you have a firearm after such class. A United States with a military policy of armed neutrality and a foreign policy that tends to promote a lot of real democracy, peace, and free trade but cooperative ownership around the world, plus an end to the drug war, is likely to mean that the military does little aside from responding to natural disasters and sending maybe a few hundred willing volunteers oversees as advisors and peacekeepers in broad international coalitions decided on by collective agreement of many nations, and with minimal use of heavy weaponry that ordinary people could not own. Some countries have actually dispensed with the military altogether. Costa Rica is an example of this. Police take their place, and it isn't that difficult to actually get your hands on the same quality of weapons and equipment that even a SWAT team could get their hands on. A semi automatic or sort burst carbine rifle, a taser, pepper spray, riot shield, helmet, bullet resistant vest, and vans with bullet resistant shielding, along with a less militarized SWAT team in general, means that the actual disparity is pretty low, and the difference comes from training, backup, and the degree of unity of a given team. There are also volunteer versions of police with more local and neighbourhood accountability, and who don't enforce a drug war or PATRIOT Act, or mass incarceration, where jail is seen as a last resort, and police are weak and have to observe many civil rights with strong transparency and accountability, unlike American police today. This together means that an America where most people having had at least a few months in the military and many people deciding to own one or two firearms per home isn't nearly that strange and guns could be just a tool for most people, treated with the respect that firearms should be treated with, given only to responsible people, not used by gangs.

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