Strengths and Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation

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Mrs. Kennedy
Civics Period 4
January 12, 2014
Strengths and Weakness of the Articles of Confederation
The Constitution of the United States of America was framed in part by The Articles of
Confederation. The Articles could be considered to be a precursor to The Constitution, and in fact it was. Despite their differences, they also have a lot of similarities. The Continental Congress convened several times; the most well-known almost certainly being the Second Continental Congress meeting to declare independence from Great Britain on the 4th of July, 1776. The following year, The Articles of Confederation were approved by Congress and the Second Continental Congress became Congress of the Confederation on November 15th,
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Also regarding fair representation, members of Congress under the Articles of the Confederation were appointed by state legislatures. With the passage of The Constitution, citizens themselves were able to directly vote for their representatives. The same was true for The Senate under The Constitution actually, and it as well has been changed to a people voting for their own representatives based system. Another difference between the Articles and The Constitution that isn’t commonly held to be an important distinction, but one nonetheless, is the term lengths. Initially under the Articles of Confederation a Senator could be appointed to a maximum of a three year term within any given six years. With the newly drafted Constitution, some of that was retained. Senators still serve six year terms, and representatives from The House of Representatives would serve two. There are no limitations on how many times a representative can be reelected. Most people today would agree that term limits would be better off for Congress so that undue influence from lobbyist from big corporations could be eliminated. A big difference under The Article of Confederation and the Constitution comes in the form of taxes. The Articles of Confederation did not allow the national
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