An Unsuccessful Articles Of Confederation

889 WordsFeb 12, 20154 Pages
Considering the unsuccessful Articles of Confederation, it was vital to construct a better statute under which government would function. This new law would have to incorporate values of a Republic, and the ultimate goal of unifying the nation through the creation of a stronger national government, while still acknowledging states’ rights. James Madison, who is accredited for being the “father of the Constitution,” paved the road for the development of the modern Constitution. However, many feared this strong central government would inevitably turn into a tyranny, much like the one they had just fought to escape from. Eventually, after many conventions, the Constitution, which incorporated compromises between states, was finally adopted, and calculated into it were several ways a tyrannical government could be prevented. A principal value kept in the minds of the creators of the Constitution was the idea of popular sovereignty (Kernell, et al. 2014, 57). It was still important to maintain a Republic, in which the people had the power to delegate authority to government officials, along with the power to revoke such authority if the official were to step out of line (Kernell, et al. 2014, 57). Understanding the importance of this, the President, the House of Representatives and the Senate are all chosen through elections. Alongside this value, a prevalent goal of the Constitution was to unify the several states into a stronger Union. Up until then, the affairs of the
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