The Between The Federal Government And The United States

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The relationship between the federal government and the states has continually changed over the years. Each one has their set of duties and powers, and both are ruled by the U.S. Constitution. The states’ rights are more than well protected in the current constitution and the political practice. The Bill of Rights lays out what our rights are, along with fourteenth, fifteenth, nineteenth, and twenty-six amendments. The amendments and constitution continue to protect our rights as Americans even hundreds of years after being established. States have the ability to make restrictions The Articles of Confederation gave Congress many powers; they could raise an army and a navy, make war and peace, set up a postal system, and print money.…show more content…
The farmers had the hardest time with the money shortage because they could not earn enough to pay their taxes and debts. Shay led his followers to close down courthouses so that judges could not take away their farms. The group went with weapons and because the Continental Army was disbanded Congress could not stop them. Massachusetts eventually ended Shay’s Rebellion, sending militia troops to halt the protesting. “Madison wrote to a friend. ‘It is not possible that a government can last long under these circumstances’” (Frey, 2004: 105). Congress, after dealing with Shay’s Rebellion called for a convention to come up with a solution to fix all the problems that the Articles of Confederation was creating. When the Constitutional Convention began, the delegates believed that the task at hand was to revise the Articles of Confederation. All the delegates agreed to throw out the Articles of Confederation and write a new constitution. As the delegates began to make a new framework a disagreement came up, where should the government’s power to rule come from? Some believed that the states should, others thought the people should have the authority. The Articles of Confederation’s answer was that states should have the powers while Madison believed the power should rest with the people. This is how the Virginia and New Jersey plan
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