The Articles Of Confederation And The Us Constitution

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The United States has governed with two constitutions, the Articles of Confederation and the US Constitution. The Articles of Confederation was the first attempt of forming a legal government from March 1, 1781 to March 4, 1789. There were many problems as the articles became to take effect so it was replaced with the US Constitution in June 21, 1788.
The Articles of Confederation failed because of its weaknesses which were that “each state regardless of its size, had one vote in congress.”(Janda, 2015, p.50) Congress did not have the power to tax nor regulate foreign and interstate commerce. There was no executive branch to enforce any acts passed by Congress. There was no national court system. Amendments to the Articles of Confederation required a unanimous vote. Laws required a nine out of thirteen majority to pass in Congress. They retained power in the states. States often argued amongst themselves in the years of the Articles of Confederation. They did not want to financially support the national government therefore the government was powerless. There was no stable economy. The Articles of Confederation was insufficient to cover the nation. As the economic and military weaknesses became apparent, individuals began asking for changes to the Articles that would create a stronger national government. A meeting was set in Philadelphia on May 25, 1787. This became the Constitutional Convention, which was called in order to make revisions to the Articles of Confederation.

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