The American Constitution And The Articles Of Confederation

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The Constitutional Convention was a mix of highly influential, and lesser so influential individuals. Less than a year after these individuals gathered in 1787 to suggest finite reforms to the Articles of Confederation a far more powerful national government would be replacing it (Paletz, Owen and Cook). The American Constitution and Bill of Rights established the foundations of American politics through initiating the first ten amendments which illustrate the civil liberties that human beings are entitled to, and as a result of the Constitutional Convention a document-the American Constitution-that advocated for a much more powerful government than the Articles of Confederation did was ratified. However, I would argue that we should treat …show more content…
Drafted in 1777, The Articles of Confederation is the first political charter of the United States; however, there were many cases in which The Articles of Confederation fell short. For instance, in the late 1780s there were many times that demonstrated “the national government had few tools to carry out its assigned task of foreign policy” (Paletz, Owen and Cook). Not only that, but the Articles of Confederation also proved to be unable take care of matters of their people, even when the Continental Congress do agree like they did on the issue of Shay’s rebellion, the armed rebellion led by debt-ridden farmers. Last but not least the Articles of Confederation were unable to provide a successful way to handle the domestic ferment caused by the state governments being unable to fund the Revolutionary War without causing the dollar to lose its value. Even with the state delegates of the Constitutional Convention …show more content…
“[The Bill of Rights] defines civil liberties to which individuals are entitled” (Paletz, Owen and Cook), these liberties include but are not exclusively, freedom of speech, religion, press, right to a speedy and public trial, and the right to bear arms. Although later added to, the Bill of Rights still provided the people of the States with the keystone of civil rights. Later editions provided additional equality that the first ten amendments of the Bill of Rights lacked.
The Constitution should be interpreted as living in order to enable it to continue to improve to meet current needs, not only those from the 1800s. To consider the Constitution sacred and in doing so attempt to stay true to the founder’s intentions we are digging our own grave, for the problems that America faced in the 1800s are notably different from those faced today. Arguably, these documents are much less relevant than they were when the document was first

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