Articles Of Confederation Dbq Analysis

analytical Essay
841 words
841 words

During and after the turmoil of the American Revolution, the people of America, both the rich and the poor, the powerful and the meek, strove to create a new system of government that would guide them during their unsure beginning. This first structure was called the Articles of Confederation, but it was ineffective, restricted, and weak. It was decided to create a new structure to guide the country. However, before a new constitution could be agreed upon, many aspects of life in America would have to be considered. The foremost apprehensions many Americans had concerning this new federal system included fear of the government limiting or endangering their inalienable rights, concern that the government’s power would be unbalanced, both within …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the people of america strove to create a new system of government that would guide them during their unsure beginning.
  • Analyzes how america's first attempt at confederacy led to confusion, arguments, and divisions between states and especially between social classes. the inadequacies of the articles made it clear that it was time for a new, united, federal government
  • Analyzes how the constitution was drafted and sent to the states for ratification, but there were still criticisms and alterations to be made.
  • Explains that the constitution was not perfect, but it held promise as a sturdy structure upon which to build the country.
  • Analyzes how the american revolution caused confusion and feared for the outcome of their newfound country. instead of struggling with patchy, inadequate government, the americans took on the arduous task of building a new king of government.

Many complaints focused on the lack of a bill of rights in the Constitution, stating the inalienable rights of an American citizen. In Thomas Jefferson’s Jefferson Writings (Doc. C), he states that no government is entitled to omit such an important part of a country’s makeup. The reason a constitution is made is to protect the rights the people fought for during the Revolution, not limit them. Another concern is the balance of power between social classes and the governmental branches, which was a big issue with the Articles of Confederation. Even with checks in place so no branch of government could become to powerful, there was always a risk. In the “Brutus” and “John DeWitt” papers (Doc. D) it states that this unbalance of power could lead, disastrously, to one group dominating over all others, most likely the aristocrats. Some people, such as Patrick Henry during his Speech to Virginia State Constitutional Ratification Convention (Doc. F) even became heatedly anti-federalist, stating that the Constitution endangered to sovereignty of the states entirely. But even with these various concerns and arguments, the Constitution was ratified by all thirteen states in

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