How Did The Continental Congress Establish A Weak Central Government

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After the victory of the Revolutionary war in the American’s favor, the states had to create their own political system. Even though the states have the common idea of not wanting a strong central government, they still had to establish a form of government. The continental congress decided to set up the A.O.C., splitting up powers between the state and national government. Each state operated on its own accord pursing what interested them only instead of considering the effect it will have on the nation as whole. The A.O.C. established a weak central government and little to no connection between the states. It was then obvious that there was a need for a stronger central government when Shay’s Rebellion took place in Massachusetts. With word of the rebellion spreading throughout the states, it persuaded the states to send delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. The idea of the A.O.C. being fixed was too late and it was decided between the delegates that it was time for a new government to replace the A.O.C. Representation was a major issue between the large and small states. The smaller states objected the Virginia Plan since it was more in favor of larger states and didn’t give small states the chance to have as many representatives. They were more…show more content…
By establishing these three branches, the delegates also created a system of checks and balances to prevent one branch being more powerful than the other two. Since the delegates also feared putting too much power into the hands of the people , they also created a way of choosing the president. They then created the Constitution that was an enduring document meant to be flexible and withstand the test of time. By addressing all the problems needed to establish a strong yet fair government, it wouldn’t be put into action until 9 out of the 13 states ratified the new
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