7.4 HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION: The newly independent states faced political
and economic struggles under the Articles of Confederation. These challenges resulted in a Constitutional
Convention, a debate over ratification, and the eventual adoption of the Bill of Rights.
(Standards: 1, 5; Themes: GOV, CIV)
7.5 THE CONSTITUTION IN PRACTICE: The United States Constitution serves as the foundation of the
United States government and outlines the rights of citizens. The Constitution is considered a living document
that can respond to political and social changes. The New York Constitution also has been changed over time.
(Standards: 1, 5; Themes: TCC, GOV, CIV)