Comparison and Contrast of the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution

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A Comparison and Contrast of the Articles of Confederation and The Constitution

To understand what the benefits and drawbacks were, it is important to compare and contrast the positions in which the documents differ. I believe that they are thus:

1. Taxation - The articles allow the congress to levy taxes on each state which means that the taxation burden has to be readjusted within each state among its populace and taxation is not equal 'Federally' whereas in the constitution, the Congress levies taxation individually according to the position of each taxpaying individual making it equal across the board.

2. Justice - there is no central justice system via the articles, there is no system of Federal Courts, each state handles
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Personally though if I lived during this period of history I would have shared the ideals of the colonist American Identity and I would have seen and understood how fully interdependent each state was to each other having shared one history as a British Colony. I would have fully supported the creation of a bigger, singular entity although I would feel a sense of insecurity on how it will pan out in the long run as there is a distinct difference in views and lifestyles between the Northern states and the Southern States. This is where, I think the Constitution triumphs over the Articles. I believe the Lockean principle of equality and I would have thought that to create an independent separate nation from the British Empire was right. The constitution empowers the citizens of the new American nation giving them a unified sense of governance and identity.

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(Web) http://www.usconstitution.net/constconart.html http://ocw.usu.edu/university-studies/u-s-institutions/comparison-of-constitution-and-articles-of-confederation http://www.usconstitution.net/consttop_arti.html http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/artconf.asp
http://home.earthlink.net/~gfeldmeth/chart.art.html
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