The Articles Of Confederation And The Constitution Essay

1130 Words Dec 9th, 2016 5 Pages
The Constitution

Articles of Confederation was the first written constitution of the United States, and under these articles, the states remained sovereign and independent, with Congress serving as the last resort on appeal of disputes. The Articles of Confederation established the first governmental structure unifying the thirteen states that had fought in the American Revolution. In effect, this document created the structure for the confederation of these thirteen states."The purpose of the Articles of Confederation was to create a confederation of states whereby each state retained "its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right . . . not expressly delegated to the United States in Congress assembled"(Schlesinger, 2016).

In 1787 the constitutional convention took place to address the problems of the weak government that existed under the Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation had many weaknesses, one being the lack of power that the federal government had. As a result of the Articles of Confederation the legislative branch was the only branch of government that existed. There was no executive branch to enforce any acts passed by Congress, and no national court system ,so congress did not have the power to tax, and regulate foreign and interstate commerce. As a result some states were forced to make agreements with foreign governments. Under the Articles of Confederation, each state was concerned with…

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