Compare And Contrast The Articles Of Confederation And The Us Constitution

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When looking at both the Articles of Confederation and the US Constitution, in general they might look similar due to the fact that they were both created for the same reason. Although, if you examine both documents closely, the difference in details begin to become apparent. The Articles of Confederation is “the first basis for the new nation’s government” (pg 64), therefore, there are bound to be similarities between the current Constitution of the United States since they were both crafted with the general idea of creating a democratic government. Despite being similar in many aspects, many differences do exist, for as the times change, the U.S. Constitution has to be ratified in order to keep order within our nation. The United States …show more content…
Although both documents had a similar general idea of what they wanted for our nation, once it came down to deciding how powers would be distributed and what system would be the most effective, the Articles of Confederation prioritized state governments due to their fear of monarchy while the U.S. Constitution, on the other hand, realized the U.S. was growing and required a stronger national government to maintain the daily lives of citizens and political system under control. In addition, the Articles of Confederation proved to be very difficult to ratify due to it requiring all states to come into agreement in order to make any changes. Since the U.S. was growing and many different people have a extremely diverse set of viewpoints and opinions, it was ridiculous to assume every state would be able to come into agreement for everything. The U.S. Constitution created the opportunity to exercise majority rule, thus keeping the majority, if not everyone, content. Moreover, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution differ immensely in their distribution of power. The Articles of Confederation gave all their power to one congress, while the Constitution distributed it’s power to congress and two other branches which include the executive and judicial branch. After time passed by, it was necessary to create the three branches of government to avoid a concentration of …show more content…
Constitution could be believed to be more democratic for a couple of reasons. While it is true that the Articles of Confederation gave more power to state governments, the US Constitution is more democratic, for it allows the majority of votes to make the decision while the Articles just made it very difficult for a decision to be reached. In addition, the U.S. constitution allows democracy to be practiced constantly within the branches of government, for not one branch can make an immediate decision without it undergoing checks and balances. This process in turn allows many different people come to one decision they believe is the best rather than only one select group making every decision on their

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