Comparing the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution

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Comparing the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution

The founding Fathers consists of Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, John Adams, George Washington, James Madison, and James Monroe. These were the most known contributors of all the founding Fathers. Each framer has equal contribution to the development of the Constitution and the articles of Confederation. The three greatest contributors to the Constitution in the United States were the founding Fathers in the Constitution and the Articles of the Confederation. But all the ones that I put into perspective are the ones that had done the most work on it and put all the ideas they had together. All of them were well educated people and all you guys should thank the Founding Fathers for what they have done for you. Alright you have already heard about the Founding Fathers from your History teacher so I will go on to explain the thoughts they had and what they did.

The Constitution provides the basic framework of our American Government. The Constitution established the structure of the Government and a written set of rules to stabilizes the conduct of the government . The Constitution was ratified in 1788 in Philadelphia. After long diatribe and political battle between the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists, they finally came to and Agreement. The Constitution divided the national government into three branches; Legislative, Executive, and Judicial. The government is based upon the principles of separation of powers and checks and balances even though in practice many powers and functions interchanged and are shared. In 1791 the states ratified the Bill of Rights in order to protect individuals from the power of the federal government. The 1st Ten Amendments to the Constitution involve provisions for freedom is religion, speech,, press, assembly, and petition. Through the year 2000 the Constitution has been amended twenty seven times due to interminable needs by the people.

Before the Constitution was framed, a weak central government had been established under the Articles of confederation. The Articles of Confederation were created when Richard Lee offered his resolution for independence in June 1776. He proposed that “ a plan of Confederation” he prepared for the colonists a confederation is defined as a group of independent states or ...

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... they were going off of different ideas but, they say by evaluating the Articles they came up with something better what they called that Constitution. I just explained to you the differences and the similarity between both the Articles and the Constitution. One of the greatest things that the Constitution had was, “The Constitution created a more cohesive federal government, allowing for more centralized control of things such as coining money, enforcing laws, collecting taxes, and passing laws. So you 11th grader should have a good ideas between the Articles of Confederation and the United States Constitution.

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