The Failure Of The Articles Of Confederation Vs. Constitution

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Confederation and Constitution After fighting the British in the Revolutionary War, our new independent nation faced some difficult and challenging times economically. This critical time was a danger to colonists and the new future of the delicate republic. Independence had been declared and the recent state and national governments needed to make some very difficult decisions about how to stabilize the suffering economy (, 2016).
Articles of Confederation vs Constitution on 1787

As a result, the Articles of Confederation was drafted in 1777 under the direction of John Dickenson from Pennsylvania (DeVry University, 2016). The Articles differed from the national government under the Constitution in several significant ways.
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Congress had no power to control interstate trade or commerce, enforce treaties, draft soldiers or enforce tax collection from the states to pay off national debt. Congress couldn’t even force the states to uphold its laws. There was no national currency, national court system or national army or navy. Congress didn’t have the power to raise funds, even to help pay for action against border aggressions by the British and Spanish. Articles were very difficult to amend and laws were difficult to pass, both leading to long delays on implementation (Alchin, 2015). The Articles of Confederation were dubbed as a failure that were in effect only from March 1, 1781 through March 4, 1798. It was the basis of the national government during the American Revolutionary War (, …show more content…
They developed a plan that established the national government with three separate branches; the executive, legislative and judicial. So that no single branch would have more authority over the other, a system of checks and balances was put into place. The exact responsibilities and powers of each branch were clearly identified.
There were a couple oversights to the Constitution of 1787. One being the omission of the Bill of Rights (that were common in the state constitutions) and included protections for both individual and state liberties. The Framers failed to foresee the development of political parties, therefore, the process of presidential selection with the first place candidate becoming president and the second vice president, was faulty. Slavery was a controversial issue that the northern and southern states agreed to leave up to each states’ own discretion. By leaving the issue of slavery out of the constitution, the northern states thought it would help keep the south within the union (, 2016). Unfortunately, this left the great Constitution permitting

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