Articles of Confederation vs. the Us Constitution

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Articles of Confederation Vs. The US Constitution The Articles of Confederation The Articles of Confederation were written to give the nation some form of centralized government and leadership, and were written by a committee of the Second Continental Congress headed by John Dickenson. The Articles originally were proposed with a strong central government with control over the west, equal representation for the states, and the power to levy taxes, but because of their experience with Great Britain the States feared a powerful central government. Due to this fear the committee made several changes to the Articles and then they sent them to all the states for ratification in November of 1777. The Continental Congress was careful to give the states as much independence as possible. The Articles established a confederation of states, carefully stating the limited functions of the federal government. Even with all the changes it still took seven years for all of the states to ratify the Articles, due to preoccupation with the revolution and disagreements among states, but they finally came into effect March 1, 1781. Under the Articles of Confederation the strengths that Congress had include the power to regulate foreign affairs, to coin and borrow money, to declare war and make peace, ,and to regulate postal services. The weaknesses that Congress had were much greater than their strengths. The government was unable to enforce any laws, they had no power to levy taxes, it lacked a strong and steady leadership, and there was no national army or navy nor a national system of courts. Each state could make their own money and taxes on trade between states. The Articles had a legislature that was unicameral, one house, called congress. Members of congress consisted of between two and seven members per state, and voting in Congress gave only one vote per state. Under the
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