The Declaration Of Independence And The United States Constitution

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The Declaration of Independence was a new beginning for the thirteen colonies, formerly a part of the British empire. This document brought about a new understanding of how the country would be run. The Articles of Confederation were adopted November 15, 1777 and remained the sole form of government until it was replaced by the current United States Constitution in 1788 for its lack of efficiency in running the country. Federalists and Anti-Federalists argued endlessly over the pros and cons of the two documents. The questions that arise are is the Constitution a radical change from the Articles or was it not so distinct? As well as, do both documents embody the Declaration or does one document do more so? The United States Constitution, which holds truer to the principles in the Declaration of Independence, is a radical change from the Articles of Confederation. The Constitution was a distinct change from the Articles, but similarities between the two do exist. Both documents were established by the same people. The Continental Congress resided over the writing of both. Both documents refer to the country as “The United States of America.” The Articles of Confederation state in Article I, “The stile of this confederacy shall be ‘The United States of America” (Continental 155). As well the Preamble of the Constitution addresses citizens as “...People of the United States” (Philadelphia 171). Both documents were considered the official government of the United States, and
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