Compare And Contrast The Articles Of Confederation And Constitution
Included below are similarities and differences of the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution of the United States of America. The drafting of the Constitution will be discussed as well as, the problems encountered during the drafting. The Bill of Rights will be discussed as well as the problems encountered during their creation.
The Articles of Confederation
On March 1, 1781 the Articles of Confederation were ratified by all thirteen states. Although the attempt to form a new government was not very successful there were a few positive things that came from the Articles. The dispute between western lands and boundaries was ended. Per the Articles, the land was ceded to the government The Articles …show more content…
In fact, anti-federalist Thomas Jeffersons’ main argument was that "A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference."(We Still Hold, n.d.)
Federalist James Madison Argued that “No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected without being truly respectable; nor be truly respectable, without possessing a certain portion of order and stability.”(We Still Hold, n.d.) The federalists believed that adding the Bill of Rights to the constitution was unnecessary. For more than four years the debate went back and forth until 1791 when the American Bill of Rights was adopted as the first ten amendments to the Constitution and became the law of the land.
While the articles did create a form of rules, the rules were vague and eventually caused many problems that led to a downward spiral in the American Union. The division between the north and south posed many problems during the Constitutional Convention. Although, the differences were extreme, the great leaders of the past were able to compromise and operate for the better good of the United States of America. The Constitution was ratified and the Bill of Rights were added to the Constitution as symbol of strength for the