The Articles Of Confederation And The Constitution

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The Constitution remains as relevant today as it did over two hundred years ago. Americans have lived their lives through the law of the Constitution of the United Staes of America for several years. The Constitution has kept our nation together and has kept us strong. “The Constitution defines the United States of America. This greatest of American documents not only establishes our system of government; it limits the power of that government, specifying our irrevocable rights and privileges as individuals” (Bernstein). The Constitution was created to help Americas government from collapsing. The need for the Constitution started with the failure of the Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation was the first Constitution of the United States of America. When America gained independence from Great Britain, they needed a form of permanent authority. They wanted a form of government, but nothing too strong because they had just escaped a government that was too strong for their liking. Thus the Articles of Confederation was created in 1877. The reason they didn’t want a strong government is because the Crown had abused the American people with their harsh style of government. Of course Thomas Paine’s Common Sense helped them realize that the people didn’t need the Crown, and once they knew that they wanted out. So with the Articles of Confederation, the states have most of the power, while very little power is given to the federal government. The powers that
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