The Articles Of Confederation Analysis

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On March 1, 1781, the Articles of Confederation was the first Constitution ever ratified, but due to its many failures, a replacement for a new Constitution needed to be developed. Created by the founding fathers, the Articles of Confederation was the first document that made in an attempt at creating a more structured union. This document’s purpose was to give states sovereign power, consequently, leaving Congress little to no power. Due to the new United States departing from of a trimmonila government and warfare, subsequently having citizens and founding fathers against a powerful central government. During the short lifespan of the Articles of Confederation, many problems did occurred, due to the lack of knowledge in structure for economics, …show more content…
The lack of structure for legislation, presented in the aftermath of the document’s ratification, it included problems such as; every state had only one vote, difficulty in passing laws, and nonviable amendment process. Out of these failures in the legislative structure, two presented a similar lack of development under the document ; each state has one vote and the difficulty in approving legislation. Beginning with, the one vote per state, according to per Article V, “each State shall have one vote.” This seemed logical to the founding fathers, that each state gets an equal vote, but when put into effect it showed the complete opposite. This in effect, similar to the state 's themselves, showed inequality and no proportionality. This is due to states, such as Virginia and Delaware; Virginia being a big,populated state voting with Delaware a smaller, less populated state. This left large states to feel unhappy, because of the unproportionate vote to the state’s population. On the contrary, another legislation problem occurred with similarity to this problem, the difficulty to pass laws. In order to pass legislation, you must obtain nine out of thirteen states, and to block a bill it took only five of the thirteen states. This problem presented to be a failure, when unified smaller states over ruled larger more populated states. Thus, resulting in bills and …show more content…
The failures that were present due to lack of central leadership included; no national systems of court, no head for foreign affairs, and Congress having no authority to raise an army. Even though, each one of these failures had an affect on the United States, not possessing a national court system had received a substantial effective on the citizens. In Article IV, it stated, “Full faith and credit shall be given in each of these States to the records, acts, and judicial proceedings of the courts and magistrates of every other State.” This appointed states to their own jurisdiction, subsequently, there was no system of courts for the national government. Also resulting, in Congress having no power in enforcing laws; therefore, it lead to states overturning national laws, if they did not agree with these laws. If the state did not obey, or declined the national law, there would be no repercussions given to those states. To add on, if there were a complaint, either made by the state or citizens against the national government, there would be no national jurisdiction to file,or place, the lawsuit. As this is only one example, on the lack of leadership, all three problems created an impact for the development for a new

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