Traditions of American Liberty
The whole reason for a weak central government was to make sure a single group didn't have control over the others. The idea wasn't up to the political class to change peoples behaviors. They were looking for practical means of growing their economies and sharing cooperation. But, all the colonies had an attachment to self government. Each one was an experiment in government. They were conservative with their traditions.
I don't believe the American Revolution was an engineered revolution. Not like the French Revolution. They started changing everything around. Days of the week, measurements, using legislation to create blueprints of behavior for the citizens. A new age of reason born in France. Americans didn't do these things in the beginning of its experience.
In the beginning the constitution was a restraining device for the government to adhere to. Today it seems as if the constitution is a restraining device against the people.
The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History