Articles Of Confederation Dbq Essay

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The idea unity and self-government has been germinating among colonies, especially when England started to levying taxes in his colonies. And thus before the revolutionary victories in Village green in New England and the historical defeat of the almighty England in Yorktown in 1781, the now independent from Great Britain rebelling colonies realize from their historical experiences that a document of law needed to be crafted and established to preserve its new found independence, while maintaining order. The Articles of Confederation was the first system of government that was proposed and was ratified by all thirteen colonies in 1781. This quote was written about the Articles of Confederation "Perhaps the greatest service rendered by the Articles …show more content…

I couldn’t agree more with the statement because when the Articles of the Confederation was ratified in 1781, it government presents some major flaws. The fact that congress could not levy taxes and have to beg states for it, is one of its great weakness. In contrast, the constitution granted this power to congress, especially the house of Representatives to levy taxes in order to be able to fund the navy, Army and other national services. In term of the form of the government, the Constitution congress only have legislative power, the Articles of confederation conferred its congress almost all the three powers and It was unicameral (one chamber in congress). This type of structure does not allow checks and balances idea as seen in our constitution. Moreover, under the Articles each state only has between two or seven delegates in congress, while in the Constitution each has two members in the Senate and one Representative per 300 thousand people. since states with bigger populations wanted representation to be solely based on population and states with smaller populations wanted there to be a fixed number of representatives per state, regardless of size or population, The Connecticut Compromise resolved this issue by forming the two houses …show more content…

The people are directly involved in decisions making. Also the Constitution has brought a fresh start in social life with The Bill of Rights ratified in 1791 and the abolition of slavery passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified on December 6, 1865. And the Right of women to vote ratified on August 18, 1920. It’s somehow important to mention that the Constitution is not really the rewrite of a new constitution but the revision of the Articles. Nevertheless, I do notice some similarities between the Articles and the Constitution. Both the Articles and the Constitution are official governments of the United States, they were also founded by almost the same people from the same origin. In addition, under their ruling, every state must obey and observe the laws. State could not go on war

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