There was not just a legislative branch anymore like under the Articles, there was an established court system, and executive and judicial powers. The 3 branches were kept fair with a series of checks and balances, which is making sure no one has supreme power. It was easier to amend laws from the constitution as you only needed 2/3 of congress and 3/4 of the house. It said the House is based on state population, while the senate remains equal throughout the states. (http://home.earthlink.net/~gfeldmeth/chart.art.html) James Madison wanted an even stronger national government.
In a way we could see the Articles of Confederation as a stepping stone to something greater, the United States Constitution. The United States Constitution addressed many of the issues the Articles did not such as regulating currency, collecting taxes, controlling trade, effective voting laws, and a strong executive branch. The failures of the Articles of Confederation led to the Constitution which eventually led to the ultimate success of our nation. The Articles of Confederation was not designed to be the perfect document to lead a nation. Despite its imperfections, the Articles were able to provide the Colonies ability to conduct diplomacy and a sense of colonial unity.
The Articles of Confederation were effective in getting the States through a time period and to a point where they could form an all around effective government. Coming off of the Revolutionary War, the Articles were set up to ease them out of the power of British rule, and a strong ruler. It did that and got them to a point in which they were able to set up the Constitution and the foundation for this country for the rest of
Bea Asuncion 2/23/12 Honors US History DBQ The Articles of Confederation was passed by Congress in 1777 and provided the United States with an ineffective government from 1781 to 1789. Under the Articles of Confederation, the states had adopted a new type of government called democracy. In this government, the states were given far more superior powers over the national government. As a result, this caused economic, social, and political problems not only within the states but with other countries as well. The Articles of Confederation was effective in some ways.
How accurate is it to describe the relations between the mother country and the American Colonies as peaceful and harmonies from 1740 to 1763? I would describe the relationship between Britain and the American colonies as peaceful and harmonious even if there are a few problems that may have occurred during the time 1740 to 1763. Main points that will be discussed are Salutary Neglect which was the policy that stopped Britain from interfering, Mercantilism which were the laws and taxes the Americans had to pay, the Seven Years’ War with France which had a positive and negative outcome and the national debt that left Britain economically tied up after the war. In the following paragraphs I will be looking at these points in detail to come up with a reasoned and accurate conclusion on whether their relationship was peaceful or in fact the actual opposite. I would say that the relationship between Britain and the American colonies were peaceful and harmonious on the subject of Salutary Neglect.
A constitution is a set of rules relating to how a state is to be governed and organised. The primary function of a constitution is to provide legitimacy to those in power; however it also defines the limits of government power, protects freedom and distributes power within the political system. As such it could be said that due to the UK having an uncodified constitution there are many strengths and weaknesses, (such as?) however some of these help to make the UK constitution a better one than other countries like the USA who have to stick to their constitution. –Clear definition of constitution, list some of the strengths and weaknesses in your introduction A strength of Britain having an uncodified constitution is that its nature is flexible.
The Articles of Confederation, formally the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, was an agreement among the 13 founding states that established the United States of America as a confederation of sovereign states and served as its first constitution.  Its drafting by the Continental Congress began in mid 1776, and an approved version was sent to the states for ratification in late 1777. The formal ratification by all 13 states was completed in early 1781. Even if not yet ratified, the Articles provided domestic and international legitimacy for the Continental Congress to direct the American Revolutionary War, conduct diplomacy with Europe and deal with territorial issues and Indian relations. Nevertheless, the weak government created
The Constitution and Tyranny James Madison once said, “The accumulation of powers in the same hands whether of one, a few, or many is the very definition of tyranny.” The Articles of Confederation was the first step our nation took to try to prevent tyranny from beginning, but sadly, the Articles of Confederation failed based on the weak government and the fact that most of the power was being held by the states. Therefore, 55 delegates representing 12 of the 13 states met in Philadelphia to create a new and improved government, a new Constitution with a strong central government and that was tyranny free was necessary if the nation was going to hold together. The first of the many ways the Constitution guarded against Tyranny was through Federalism. “Subdivided among distinct and separate departments. Hence a double security arises to the rights of the people.
The US is an incredibly rich and powerful country, if there had been problems at the very base of its framework then it would never have become such a huge powerful superpower. It can be argued that Americans have done well and that their constitution has been successful in both protecting their rights as well as providing the backbone for the ‘beacon on the hill’ nation that the US has become. The long amendment process has been able to prevent short-term political changes and instead people can rely on the Supreme Court to change their interpretation to match the times, allowing the Constitution to remain up to date. For example the Roper vs. Simmons in which the Supreme Court decided that there should be no death penalty for under 18’s and deemed it unconstitutional to do
The 13 states were essentially sovereign territories that had only come together to fight for a common cause against a common enemy (Dye et al. 16). The Founding Fathers and those who drove the independence agenda came together in a bid to unite the 13 states into a Union Republic, via the Federalist Papers that were ultimately aimed at ratifying the US Constitution (Willis 264). Despite the teething problems in terms of cooperation of the states; the US Declaration of Independence was a unique triumph of the importance of the role of the people in self governance. The factors that led the 13 colonies to declare