In 1787, a few years after America broke away from England, the constitution we use today was made. Before that, starting in 1777, the states operated under a government they called the "Articles of Confederation." This government basically said that each state should have its own independence, and operate within their own government. After about 6 years, this government didn't work very well, because of civil unrest, bad trade, and inflation. A group of people led by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, and others, believed in the constitution. These people were called Federalists.
They believed that the states should be operated by one unified single government. The Federalists wanted to write a new constitution, and make a more efficient government, and they did. Anti-Federalists, such as Samuel Adams or Patrick Henry believed the opposite. In 1777, the articles of confederation were written. This was thefirst ever constitution in the United States.
The Articles didn't really work very well, because of a few problems. They basically said that each state was their own government, and the 13 states weren't really connected under the same government at all. They has their own system of money, laws, trade, and others, and this didn't work well at all. Each state's currency had different value, which made it impossible to trade and sell stuff between states. Inflation was a big problem. The government was producing to much money. The amount in circulation was too much, and as a result, the value of money went down.
This helped people in debt, because if they borrow something in a form other than money (like $10.00 worth of corn), and the value of money goes down, then it takes less corn to pay of the debt. The debtor gets a good deal that way, but the creditor (the other guy) gets a bad deal.A final reason is that the society really didn't like the wa..