Major Differences Between the Articles of Confederation vs Constitution

616 Words3 Pages
ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION vs. THE CONSTITUTION There are major differences between the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. The Articles of Confederation had been in effect sine 1781. They established what could be referred to as a "league of friendship" and a quasi-constitution for the states that were sovereign and independent subsequent to the American Revolution. Those articles appeared to be "woefully inadequate" to James Madison. Madison believed that the central government had little power, while the states had considerable power. The central government was not able to tax, or set commercial power, nor could a war effort be effectively supported. It did not have the power to settle disputes between the…show more content…
Yes, I agree that something had to be done about the Articles of Confederation, but as a new and growing nation, it was likely to experience growing pains. Some power is good for all forms of government, but this new and developing nation did not know which way to turn. They were tired of the British type of rule, but many were in favor of something similar to monarchy, only better. To have one central government that provides checks and balances to the states is just what was needed at the time. Although the delegates fought tooth and nail for their individual issues, there was a consensus that a central form of government was needed. The Constitution was a compromise. In order to accomplish some things, others had to be forfeited. No one person or state or party should be unwilling to compromise for the good of all This nation is the best one in the world, although it is not without fault. The Constitution is a document that many men toiled over for a considerable time period in order to be as just as possible. Although the Constitution has since been amended and shall continue to be amended as situations arise, the original Constitution is a time-honored document to the necessity for having a people that is governed so that the states will not assume too great a power or leadership and economic
Open Document