The federal government in the early days of the nation was weak and ineffective. Citizens actually rebelled against the power of the central government by taking up arms. President George Washington knew that he needed to do something. What started as a discussion in Annapolis, ended with a new Constitution. How did the addition of the Bill of Rights impact the ratification of the Constitution? And with these rights, how is Good Order and Discipline in the military and naval service impacted. How did the Captain’s ability to prescribe “Bread and Water” punishment and restricted political speech in the service interplay with a citizen sailor’s rights regarding Cruel and Unusual Punishment and Free Speech?

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