The Articles Of Confederation And The Federal Government

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Federalism is the term that defines the relationship of Federal government and state. Federalism is the essential relationship between state and the federal government’s .The textbook, Politics in America gives a similar definition. “A constitutional arrangement whereby power is divided between national and subnational governments” (Dye 98) .The federal and state government’s divide the powers given to them by the Constitution, so that they can’t gain control of each other, and so one doesn’t become more superior than the other one. Certain documents state the relationship they have and what makes them distinct. The Articles of Confederation was the first constitution and served to form a type of government for the 13 colonies at the time. ”The Articles of Confederation is the original framework for the government of the United States, adopted in 1781 and superseded by the U.S Constitution in 1789. It established a “firm league of friendship” among the states, rather than a government “of the people” (Dye 66). When the Articles of Confederation were established the federal government lacked power, but most of the power was held within the states. “The Articles created a loose confederation of sovereign states and a weak central government, leaving most of the power with the state governments” (Primary Documents in American History). The articles of confederation failed by giving state more power than the federal government. U.S. feared that if the federal government had
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