Articles On Articles Of Confederation Essay
November 12, 2016
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The Articles of Confederation After the United States declared independence from Britain, members of the Continental Congress wanted to create a permanent national government with a written constitution. John Dickinson was given the task to draft the Articles of Confederation. This draft made it clear that Dickinson supported a strong central government, and thus the states debated and revised the Articles of Confederation for over a year creating a weak central government instead. The desire for a weak central government with most of the power given to the individual states stemmed from the tumultuous relationship the United States had with Britain under Britain’s rule. Eventually the Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation on November 15, 1777. However, it was not until March 1, 1781, near the end of the Revolutionary War, that the final state, Maryland, ratified the Articles. The Articles of Confederation was the United States’ first constitution and first attempt to create a national government with limited powers.
The Articles of Confederation created only one branch of government, the legislative branch or Congress. Congress was set up to give each state one vote a piece, regardless of the population within that state, requiring a 9/13 majority to pass laws and a unanimous vote to make amendments. Having a 9/13 majority proved to be extremely difficult, making the only branch of government created under the…