Comparing The Articles Of Confederation And The United States Constitution

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968 words

In comparing the Articles of Confederation with the U.S constitution that was produced by the federal convention in 1787, it is important to note that the U.S operated under both documents. During March 1, 1781, the Articles of Confederation went into effect when it was ratified by Maryland. However, the U.S constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation as soon as it was ratified on June 21, 1788 by New Hampshire. The main difference between the Articles of Confederations and the U.S Constitution is that the constitution didn’t force the laws, but established the why of the constitution. In establishing the why, it warranted the farmers to work on the government being better than the Articles of Confederations. They wanted the government …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Compares the articles of confederation with the u.s constitution that was produced by the federal convention in 1787.
  • Explains that the articles of confederation and the u.s constitution were established by the same people.
  • Explains that the articles of confederation consisted of one vote mandated by the state, and under the constitution, each per senator/representative got a vote, similar to the confederations.
  • Explains that the u.s constitution had no limitations for a member to hold office under the confederation, whereas the constitution allowed the president to call congress to gather and the state committee was given full power of congress.
  • Opines that without a constitution, the united states would have become weak and fall short to many bad rules and laws.
  • Opines that the articles of confederation would make the u.s. extremely weak. without power, enforcing laws would be difficult and hard to handle.

With having thirteen independent states, each one of them would’ve had their own rules and probably join other forces. Some of the states may have even become conquered, which would eventually start a war amongst them. If the constitution had not been created, the government would have been able to do whatever it wanted without any consequences being made. I feel as though there would be no amendments and no laws, which would have left our country in serious trouble. Not having a constitution would have given several states the opportunity to create what we now call the United States. Without the power of the constitution, each state would make their own regulations regarding how laws should be seen and approached. This also mean that each state would have to make their own money, which we all know that money is the cause of all evil. Without a constitution, each state would also have to set up systems for patents, copyrights, piracy, and declaring war on other states. Simply, without the constitution, the United States as we know it to be today would not exist. Our country would become weak and eventually fall short to many bad rules and laws. To answer the second portion of this question, if the Articles of Confederation were in force our country would not be better when it comes to laws. The Articles of Confederation would make our country extremely weak considering the many factors of what made it fail. There would be no source of power given to Congress or the federal government, which would eventually cause huge problems. This would then raise problems in levying taxes and regulating trade throughout the U.S. Without having a source of power under the Articles of Confederation, enforcing laws would be difficult and hard to handle. The major weaknesses that would bring this country down are as

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