Constitution Essay

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Constitution Paper
Kevin Walters
October 13, 2014
Kellie Rainka

Constitution Paper The United State began acting as so during the Revolutionary War, even before the Articles of Confederation were drafted and ratified. By understanding how the Articles of Confederation came to be, one can see why the Constitution was needed. The Constitution addressed weaknesses within the Articles of Confederation and it addressed the complaints regarding the Declaration of Independence. It included Great Compromise, which outlined how the states would be represented in Congress. The Articles of the Confederation were drafted between 1776 and 1777 because the Continental Congress had been acting on behalf of Americans without having the authority to do so (Schultz, 2012). “In the absence of a federal government, theContinental Congress had assumed a number of rights and responsibilities, such as creating theContinental Army, printingmoney, managing trade, and dealing with debt” (Schultz, 2012). The Articles of Confederation lacked in certain areas, however, and did not really create any new ideas. The Articles of Confederation essentially just put on paper how it was in America at that time. The Articles of Confederation did not give the central government much power at all with most of the power residing at the state level. Initially, the central government included only one representative per state, making up the “Committee of the States” (Schultz, 2012). The Constitutional Congress, on the other hand, had five powers under the articles: (1) to declare war and make peace; (2) to make international treaties; (3) to control Indian affairs in the west; (4) to establish a currency; and (5) to create and maintain a postal service (Schultz, 2012, p. 120)
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