Essay on The Articles Of Confederation And The Constitution

1193 Words Mar 1st, 2016 5 Pages
From their conception and drafting in 1776, the Articles of Confederation were nothing but a reaction to the English government. When possible, the colonists continually strived to do the exact opposite of what the English government would. This effort to avoid tyranny resulted in a decentralized, weak, inefficient, and financially poor government, one that was also nigh impossible to change and amend. Not only did this later spur reform, but it also gave impetus to “those who favored a strong central government” (persons such as Alexander Hamilton).
After all thirteen states had ratified them, the Articles of Confederation became effective on March 1st, 1781. The governmental structures instituted by the Articles of Confederation included a one house body of delegates in which each state had only one vote. Contrary to the Constitution that came after, there was no judicial or executive branch. Together, the states formed an incredibly weak national government that could decide only on certain issues that affected each state. Within in the single house of delegates, any decision made required nine out of the thirteen congressional votes, which, in turn, left the government relatively inactive and in a sort of stasis. Also, as was previously stated, any amendment to the Articles of Confederation was extremely difficult to implement. This was because, in order to pass an amendment, a unanimous vote was required (one can imagine that was highly improbable if not impossible to…

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