Lecture 13 the constitutional revolution: designing a new. Introduction: revolutionary distrust of executive sets the stage, enthusiasm lived under the world"s greatest constitution . Justified their resistance under the british constitution: corruption of the executive branch of british government. The making of revolutionary state constitutions, 1776-1783: 1776 radical phase of state constitution-making. Governor"s powers decreased, legislative powers increased: 1780 conservative phase of state constitution-making (e. g. massachusetts) legislature is more feared that the governor"s. American leaders coming to realized the powers of the. Tried to regain some of the lost powers of the british. Governor"s regained some of the powers held originally by. Checks and balances of each branch of the government the royal governor"s (e. g. veto powers) constitution. The movement for a stronger national government: articles of confederation (ratified 1781) Powers of the national government; unicameral legislature (each state had one vote) Weaknesses: no income, could not tax, no uniform.