Articles of Confederation and the Constitution Essay

780 Words Mar 14th, 2012 4 Pages
The time between the American Revolution and the presidency of George Washington was one of learning, experimentation, and confusion. No patterns existed to model the new government being established for the thirteen American states. Although it would be incorrect to say that the government of the Articles of Confederation was a complete failure, it would be logical to advance the idea that the more powerful national government established under the constitution of 1787 was essential to the survival of the American Union. Between the two documents there were some drastic differences of opinion on governing tactics as mentioned in the Articles of Confederation compared to the Constitution of 1787 (Doc. C). Major differences were composited …show more content…
They would also only have a single house in the national legislature. It also required confirmation by every state legislature as opposed to the three-fourths of the state conventions or legislatures. However the views under the Constitution of 1787 held two houses of congress, a house of representatives chosen by the people for a term of two years versus the annual term of its counter parting document. The U.S. senate would also be selected by the state legislature and serve terms of six years. By having longer terms and a non-unanimous vote there was more consistency with governing tactics and cut down on petty problems due to disagreements. The articles of confederation also allowed congress to regulate foreign commerce by treaties as did the Constitution, however the Articles held no check on conflicting state regulations, but the Constitution states that all state regulation must obtain congressional consent. Executive and judiciary views differed vastly between the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. The Articles of Confederation preferred no separate executive branch where the constitution called for a separate executive branch. Although both agreed on electing one of their own as president the Articles elected annually while the constitution elected every four years. The biggest difference was the roles that the president played. Under the Articles of Confederation the president possessed no power of veto, nor did he
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