How Did The Articles Of Confederation Guard Against Tyranny

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Previously, the colonists had problems with a faulty government and feared tyranny. When the colonists first had the opportunity to self-govern, The Articles of Confederation was formed and thus a poor example of government. The Articles of Confederation creating a weak, defenceless and powerless country. In the second attempt to create a more perfect government, the Constitution of the United States of America was formed. The colonists decided to place a guard against tyranny and thus, over 230 years after the writing of the Constitution of the United States, The Constitution in fact protects the states, the states rights and the citizens rights against tyranny. One such Constitutional device used in the guard against tyranny is the separation …show more content…

Federalism breaks apart the powers given to the central (Federal) government and those powers given to the states. As seen in document A1, a source from James Madison from Federalist Paper #51, 1788; Madison states, “In the compound republic of America, the power surrendered by the people is first divided between two distinct governments, and the portion allotted to each subdivided among distinct and separate departments.” This idea from Madison is the idea of the division of power between the Federal Government and State Governments. Federalism provides a “Double security,” that protects the rights of the citizens of the United States of America. As the governments will be controlled by itself, the separate governments will also control each other. Federalism itself is a main contributor to the protection and guard against …show more content…

The Constitution guards against tyranny by using multiple Constitutional devices such as the separation of powers, checks and balances, federalism and bicameralism. The importance of this study is to show the success of the Constitution and to show how the United States of America has used the Constitution, without much complication for over 230 years. The Constitution is used in protecting the state's rights and the rights of the citizens of those states. The benefit of the government in the United States is the active guard against tyranny that was introduced over 230 years ago. The Constitution of the United States of America in fact protects Americans rights and guards against

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