09-19-2016, 05:13 PM
The colonies were in trouble from their war debt, and they were printing money like crazy, inflation was a serious problem. Also they had tariffs and import restrictions between the colonies. These were problems that needed to be fixed.
So Hamilton and Madison tried to form a massive central / national government to deal with the problems. They tricked the state governments into sending delegates to a convention to amend the articles of confederation. But after a few days of chasing their tail, the delegates were introduced to the real plan where Madison and Hamilton put forth an entirely new Constitution, thus hijacking the convention. FORTUNATELY the anti-federalists prevailed and wrote out most of the nasty statist stuff that Madison and Hamilton originally included (like say a monarch).
Then the bill of rights was included as a demand by the states in exchange for ratification. Get to know the name George Mason, he was probably the most instrumental pro-liberty guy this country has ever known, Thomas Jefferson being a very close second (TJ wasn't around for the convention).
That's the short version, but again, read Gutzman and Mike Church to find out the details.