Historical Essay #1: Confederation and Constitution

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Historical Essay #1: Confederation and Constitution Anthony Snow DeVry University 08/01/2015 HISTORICAL ESSAY #1: CONFEDERATION AND CONSTITUTION As with anything in this world there are always strengths and weaknesses when people are comparing two different items, as no one item can be a perfect solution; there are always compromises. The same happens when we are comparing the Articles of Confederation and the New Constitution of 1787. Both of theses two solutions each have their own strengths and weaknesses. First we have the Articles of Confederation that when written gave each state a lot of individual powers, and because of this was one of the main reasons for the New Constitution, and I want to show how these two solutions…show more content…
According to the famed historian Edmund S. Morgan “When the Articles of Confederation were drafted, Americans had had little experience of what a national government could do for them and bitter experience of what an arbitrary government could do to them. In creating a central government they were therefore more concerned with keeping it under control than with giving it the means to do its job” (Morgan, 1956). The people were scared, and therefore created a solution that was more concerned with holding powers in check, which left many holes, and a government with no power. Next I would like to explore the weaknesses and strengths about the New Constitution that the Constitutional Convention adopted in September 1787. Not so long after the Articles of Confederation were enacted, some citizens started to feel that the national government was too weak. As a result of this the Constitutional Convention was called to order in Philadelphia between May and September 1787 to help address the problem of a weak central government. First even though the New Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation, it also had some weaknesses. One of the main weaknesses of the New Constitution was that it lacked a bill of rights, and the New Constitution still protected slavery. Even with theses weaknesses, the strengths of the New Constitution far out weigh the negatives. One of the greatest strengths of the New Constitution was a central
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