How did the united states constitution expand upon the basic ideas about government that the colonists had dev?

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How did the united states constitution expand upon the basic ideas about government that the colonists had developed up to the time of the constitutional convention?

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Even at the time of the Constitutional Convention, the Constitution was perceived to be an imperfect document. There were a series of compromises to make it work. It has been altered and changed and interpreted differently over time. Think of every amenment and many Supreme Court rulings as development of the Constitution. Some biggies:
– Bill of Rights (first batch of amendments) expanded on individual rights
– Voting extended (black and then women)
– Slavery

From Shmoop History

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