In the history of the United States of America, our government has been defined by two very important documents. Reflecting on all governments of the past, they laid forth an impressive jumble of ideas that would lead the way to where we are today. These two documents are the Article of Confederation and the U.S Constitution. These two documents of precedent are both similar and unique, each with its own pros and cons, and neither being perfect. Both these documents addressed the prominent vital in national vs. state sovereignty, legislative selection process, and executive authority. After winning its independence from England, the U.S, now situated over a vast portion of the eastern seaboard. They needed to fashion some form of governmental system, and on 1776 the Article of Confederation was made, it represented the first constitutional agreement made between the thirteen American states. How the Article of Confederation addressed state sovereignty is that each state will maintain dominance, which means that the state maintains the power to run its own affairs. Any rights or privileges and powers that are not specifically given to the congress by the Article of Confederation are maintained by the state. 1781, radicals, people who favored states rights, wanted the balance of power be shifted to favor the states over the national government because they were afraid of a strong central government. Radicals argued that the purpose of the Revolution was to form more democratic governments and a strong centralized government exerting its power over many thousands of people would simple cease to be democratic. Eventually the conservatives, people who favored a strong central government, agree to let the states govern their own affair... ... middle of paper ... ...not return by the President within ten days after it has been presented to him, it will be ratified. This is how these brilliant documents affected our country and government and how it addressed the prominent vitals of national vs. state sovereignty, legislative selection process and executive authority. Even today the debate between state power and central or national power continued to occupy politicians throughout the nation’s early history, and vestiges of it are found in today’s big government versus small government debate. Despite the fact, the Article of Confederation was not the best paradigm for the American government, it serves as a blue print and without it we will not have an exceptional government we have today. The U.S Constitution serve as the U.S government for over two hundred years and it establish the U.S government as it still exists today.