Establishing the Function of the Government in the Articles of Condederation

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The Articles of Confederation created to be used as a written document that established the functions of the national government of the United States after it had declared independence from the Great Britain. Aside from that, it also established a weak central government that was mostly, but did not entirely prevent the individual states from conducting their own foreign diplomacy.
Under the Confederation, the Continental Congress had successfully waged war, made alliances, secured loans, negotiated peace with Great Britain, and passed the Northwest Ordinance. Yet in the wake of the Revolution, the new United States faced many serious problems. Since Congress could only request funds from the States, and not levy taxes, it was unable to …show more content…

In the other hand The Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme law of the United States. Empowered with the sovereign authority of the people by the framers and the consent of the legislatures of the states, it is the source of all government powers, and also provides important limitations on the government that protect the fundamental rights of United States citizens. But what makes the Confederation and the Constitution so different but so alike?
The Confederation was created after the failure of The Albany Plan, an earlier pre-independence attempt at joining the colonies into a larger union. The Albany Plan failed in part because the individual colonies were concerned about losing power to another central institution. Some Continental Congress delegates had also informally discussed plans for a more permanent union than the Continental Congress, in which the status was temporary. Then Benjamin Franklin came up with a plan called “Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union”, many delegates opposed to his plan but others supported him such as Thomas Jefferson.
After the proposal to the delegates Franklin introduced his plan to the Congress which caught their attention and wanted to see a more formal draft which was planned to take on July 22, 1777, but there was some disagreements and delays on a number of issues including whether representation and voting would be proportional or state-by-state. All

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