The Articles of Confederation and The Constitution

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In the history of the United States of America, our government has been defined by two very important documents. Reflecting on all governments of the past, they laid forth an impressive jumble of ideas that would lead the way to where we are today. These two documents are the Article of Confederation and the U.S Constitution. These two documents of precedent are both similar and unique, each with its own pros and cons, and neither being perfect. Both these documents addressed the prominent vital in national vs. state sovereignty, legislative selection process, and executive authority. After winning its independence from England, the U.S, now situated over a vast portion of the eastern seaboard. They needed to fashion some form of…show more content…
Consequently, there was no executive to carry out the laws passed by Congress. On 1789, under the article; it stated that the president not only has the prerogative to enforce the laws, but has a duty to do so, but soon this confusion due to lack of leadership will bring about the failure of the article. It would be very difficult for our country to have created a stronger second constitution without learning from the mistakes of the first. On 1787, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Constitutional Convention convened in response to the discontent with the Article of Confederation and the need for a strong centralized government. After months of clandestine debates and many compromises, the Constitution was finally ratified and the new federal government came to into existence on 1789. How the U.S Constitution addressed national vs. state sovereignty is U.S Constitution delegates gave enumerated powers to the national government while reserving other powers to the states. Article VI of the Constitution declares the laws of the national government deriving from the Constitution to be supreme which the states must obey. Today we have a system of government call Federalism, where power is between the national government and various state governments. Congress has certain enumerated powers; such as, they are authorized
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