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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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Cinnabun (1 day ago)
This really wants you to know how liberal he is.
Sophie Nguyễn (1 day ago)
I literally just got an ad from a college about the Constitution...wow slow clap for Youtube
ThePatrioticAmerican (4 days ago)
Jefferson, the true Patriot... Screw big gov Hamilton.
Negasso Kadir (19 hours ago)
Yeah patriot...we’d have no industry, no regulation, we would barley even be a country
ThePatrioticAmerican (4 days ago)
This leaves so much out... The further dumbing of America.
kixphantom (5 days ago)
The constitution is not a vague document.
isabel (6 days ago)
9:22 did not age well
Joseph (8 days ago)
More history and less of your own political commentary please ...
yeah..... i could possibly learn more from this than in actual class... ((sorry Mrs. Payne))
Coal Creek Defense (13 days 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 (16 days ago)
the founding fathers knew technology and weapons would advance 🙄 rapid fire guns and explosives existed back then
Curly Fry (17 days ago)
12:08 the diet Dr Pepper
Nicholas Malino (18 days ago)
I would hate to get stuck in an elevator with this guy. Arrrgggghhh
lord reyna (19 days ago)
You know if John Green ran in 2020 I would sooooo vote for him.
Gregory Vaillancourt (19 days ago)
Absolutely moronic! NEW history revisionist garbage.
Blizzrobe Gamer (21 days ago)
4:42 Why is Skrillex there?
Takhmina Shermirzoeva (21 days 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!
HaywireHacking (24 days ago)
school nukings
Tamerlane (25 days ago)
This is so sad can we get 9,000,000 dead traitors
alien (26 days ago)
you talk too fast. hmph
lexa mckenzie (26 days ago)
what a nerd... am i right but thanks😎
the term is native american you twat
A C (27 days 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 (1 month ago)
The tongue at the beginning
Vanessa Velasquez (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Everybody talks about Hamilton, but Madison was better and a president. Also who the heck is John Jay
It'sMoe (1 month ago)
Alexander gonna come back from the grave and get u
Gerald Brown (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Talking to fast
Oskar Theme (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
"And when rich people feel like something has to be done, something is usually done."😂😆
omar abdi (1 month ago)
that's how Trump got elected
Matthew Geary (1 month 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 (1 month 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.
Glitter. Sparkles05 (1 month ago)
Talk to fast
Carmen Lopez (1 month ago)
Shooting Hamilton
FIFA CLIPS FC (1 month ago)
video idea... debate ben shaprio
Steve T. (1 month ago)
A course on the Judiciary after the Constitution should be added. That way later vids where the Judiciary and the Supreme Court are key players on the way history unfolds will have a foundation to rely upon.
Jahmar Celestin (1 month ago)
i love this youtube channel its so funny
Hunter West (1 month ago)
shock John Greene MORE!!!!!!!!!!
Ksikkihkini (1 month ago)
We need to get that "Well Regulated Militia" going here in the United States. Have President Trump issue Ammunition, Equipment, Uniforms, and Weapons to Those OF US that have sworn an Oath to the Constitution, and those that will swear an oath, and uphold the United States Constitution. Remove the Anti-Constitutional Left from any political, judicial, appointed position in the United States Government including the State Governments, starting with California.Deport them to the Communist Country of their Preference, never to return.
Theodore Vegh (1 month ago)
Baton Rouge "Blight Court" men violate your US citizen rights to be free from unreasonable search and seizure and violate your rights to due process. -TAV
Theodore Vegh (1 month ago)
Baton Rouge "Blight Court" is violating my USA citizenship rights e.g. 4th Amendment search and siezure and 14th Amendment due process. -TAV
oldgranny athlete (1 month ago)
5:52 i thought the electoral college was used because of lack of easy transportation and communication forcing an electoral college basically being people who say "my state voted this way", but was just not got rid of when it wasn't needed anymore
Steven Stotts (1 month ago)
The United States is better than Canada...
Steven Stotts (1 month ago)
I actually like the Electoral College, It makes the President chosen by the nation as a whole rather than just the largest states.
Jaden Shelton (1 month ago)
WHERE IS MY PREDATOR DRONE GOVERNMENT!!!
Pranav M (1 month ago)
APUSH? nah I'm just USH
Call of fnaf duty (1 month ago)
we should just get rid of government and live under God's laws
Emma Daley (1 month ago)
is that skrillex at 4:40?
Emma Daley (1 month ago)
i'm so grateful for crash course
Melanie (1 month ago)
"Weak government is like non-alcoholic beer - USELESS."
Patience Harris (1 month ago)
There are no assault rifles. They are automatic rifles. Rifles do NOT assault anyone. People do. By the way, I am only watching this because I have to for a college course.
WhatUpOCK☝ (1 month ago)
How bout they stole from islamic comstitution
kaz johnson (1 month ago)
hi
Dominic Jaramillo (1 month ago)
Pidgeons are not real, My reasoning for this is simply because I have not ever seen a baby pigeon in my entire lifetime and another reasoning is because ever since the government shutdown, I have not seen a single pidgeon
James Evans (1 month ago)
I favor the new jersey plan
Pikachu the Absol (1 month ago)
I guess o have to make all HamilFans cry now... Philip you would like it uptown it’s Quiet Uptown. I feel your pain... 😭😭😭😭
JustARandomPhan (1 month ago)
AND HAMILTON WROTE THE OTHER 51
The_awesome POTATO! (1 month ago)
WHO WERE THE 1.8K PEOPLE WHO DISLIKED THIS VIDEO??? THIS VIDEO GAVE ME A 100% ON MY S.S TEST! WHO DARED DO THAT? RAISE YOUR HAND!!!
Louis Harvey (1 month ago)
this guy is a dirty lib
Rex (1 month ago)
0:01 the George Washington stuck his tongue out
Molly Dougherty (1 month ago)
HAMILTON WROTE THE OTHER 51 ONE
TankerD18 (1 month ago)
A few years old, but still... the lame attempt at jabbing at the "people resisting the government" notion of the 2nd Amendment was pretty cute. I fought two tours in Iraq, I've seen firsthand how a bunch of yokels with AK-47s and fertilizer fought the most advanced military on the planet for a matter of years - and did not exactly lose as we saw with ISIS. Your argument shows a severe lack of understanding of how an insurgency works, asymmetric combat and modern war. If, God forbid, it were to happen and you think that it would be a bunch of hillbillies lining up on the streets to get slapped by a Hellfire from 20,000 feet you really shouldn't be adding your commentary on the matter. I normally like these videos, but man that sucked, come back with a real argument next time you try and talk smack.
CupcakeLovesCupcakes (1 month ago)
He must have been so happy when Hamilton was created
Carol Nelson (1 month ago)
Could this guy talk any faster!! :( good content, though
Brandon Faun (1 month ago)
GUNSHOT!!! 😂
Jennifer Griel (2 months ago)
9:20. 2016-2018 and beyond are here to laugh at you. Then yell at you. Then fall on the floor crying.
2023 Sonny Arsenault (2 months ago)
Who were the big antifederalist
RandomRainbows (2 months ago)
ALEXANDER HAMILTON IS HERE BROS
The Invisible Tom (2 months ago)
Revolution is just the off-spring of a bad system
Samantha Kamp (2 months ago)
shout out to the people in 2019 just tryna pass US history midterm tomorrow
Is that John Green? John, what are you doing out of your cage? You're supposed to be writing books not giving us a crash course on the Constitution!🤣(Jk. Keep up the good work.)
BurnNotice88 (2 months ago)
"the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must". Makes so much sense its scary.
Texas 1836 (2 months ago)
This guy is a knucklehead, with his negative attitude as he attempts to be funny..very sad.
Texas 1836 (2 months ago)
he should talk about the high tax rate in Canada
Hyena4 4Cortez (2 months ago)
I have to put this on slow just to listen slow down
mathew idicula (2 months ago)
Seems like our political, legal, civic, and economic history is stunted.
mathew idicula (2 months ago)
I used to think the fact we have the longest surviving constitution as a point of pride, but not anymore what about all the endemic racism or the economic slavery that is very real. You mean to tell me in almost three hundred years we came up with nothing better. Even the Founders of our country changed the nature of our government from the Articles of Conffedaration being the law of the land to the constitution. Is just depressing seems like our political and economic history is stunted.
Samuel Rawlins (2 months ago)
Got that exam tomorrow. . . Crash Course saves the day agin
NOTORIOUS CHAUCA (2 months ago)
Get a haircut
Essence Allen (2 months ago)
THANK YOU
rowan kim (2 months ago)
10:00 wHY DO YOU WRITE LIKE YOU'RE RUNNING OUT OF TIME
Vhector Graphics (2 months ago)
So, Green is an uber-Socialist... I see.
TheMonchisTaco (2 months ago)
About 4.2 million students have been forced to watch this.
Tori Shearer (2 months ago)
Hey John do you ever blink?
Andy Jugon (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Why all the NJ hate?
Bart Tare (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Brother I love you
Preston Marlo (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Hamilton wrote the other 51.
LordTron (2 months ago)
Goddamn it Politics.
LOL Interesting (2 months ago)
Yes, it's US history, but your Crashcourse won't work without us providing service to you. GREEN
Cool Jackster (2 months ago)
We should treat this as another 4th of July (launch fireworks and stuff). Who else agrees?
Jacob Price (2 months ago)
Could I get a citation on the college education stat?
Steakismeat (2 months 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.

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