American Individuality

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In 1776, few colonists could fathom becoming one united republic. Though the colonies shared a common interest in the Revolutionary war, afterward they desired individual state sovereignty. In order to avoid a monarchy, several delegates created the Articles of Confederation. The Articles granted sovereignty to the states and lacked a strong central power. The individuality of the states made it nearly impossible to envision one union. The colonists experience in becoming Americans caused them to digress from a sense of being British subjects. For example, the British did not have an active role on strictly regulating the colonies and utilized the policy of salutary neglect. The colonists arrived in America with similar interests and without…show more content…
Expanding upon colonial charters and state constitutions, several delegates created the Articles of Confederation. However, because of the “American experience,” the creators of the Articles of Confederation found it pertinent to avoid a monarchy, like that of England which they had detested. In avoiding a monarchy states were sovereign, for example, As a result, the Articles failed to create a strong central authority. Power belonged to individual sovereign states with their own values, ideals and more importantly their own constitutions. The lack of a national government and the sovereignty of the states made it nearly impossible to envision a united republic. Though colonists in 1776 thought of themselves as Americans, they identified themselves as people from heir…show more content…
It is almost certain that when people gain power, they will desire more. The desire for power could eventually lead to an abuse of authority, and in government, would be detrimental to the people. The framers of the constitution recognized early in American history that a system of checks and balances was necessary. Though the king's power was limited by Parliament, the framers concluded that England's limitations on its branches were not strong enough. In the constitution the framers wrote specific limits for each branch. For instance, the president is the commander in chief, but only congress has the power to declare war. The checks and balances in the constitution not only limit the government, they create the necessity for interdependence among the three
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