The Founding Father's Motivation in writing a new Constitution

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The Founding Fathers were motivated by a variety of factors to write a new Constitution, including reaction towards the weakness of the Articles of Confederation, group attempts to establish a new national government and the desire to limit "democracy".

The Constitutional Convention was the result of a reaction against the weakness of the Articles of Confederation. The Constitutional Convention was held to deal with the problems under the Articles of Confederation as well as to seek a solution to these weaknesses. Problems spread throughout numerous areas, from problems in the Southwest to the inability to maintain law and order.

In the Southwest, (south of the Ohio River and west of the Appalachian Mountains) American colonists were being attacked by the Creek Indians. Colonists ask the Articles of Confederation to help, but the Articles had no power whatsoever to draft soldiers or raise the money to fund the battles and the soldiers.

The Southwest was also in need of roads. Again, the Articles were not able to help, for they had no money, nor have the ability to tax. Spain was also the cause of the problems in the Southwest. The Spanish bribed the Indians to attack the English colonists, attempting to force the colonists to leave so Spain could claim the land that was once supposed to be theirs. Spain also threatens to cut off the use of the Mississippi River to western settlers, since the Spanish knows that the Mississippi River is the economic lifeline for trading with the east. The Articles of Confederation had no authority and no army to stop the Spanish.

Economic problems occurred in the United States after the American Revolution with Britain. The first problem was that the U.S. was flooded with worthless paper money: the national government, the individual states as...