The Constitution

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The Constitution
Cynthia Johnson
October 31, 2011
Jody Bell

The Constitution
The U.S. Constitution required a lot of work before it was signed. It had to address the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation. The Constitution had to address the complaints that were in the Declaration of Independence. Then it had to make a decision on the Great Compromise. The Articles of Confederation and the Constitution had some similarities. They were both official documents of the United States. They both were laws of the United States. The difference is that the Articles had flaws that needed to be fixed. The Articles of Confederation was ratified in 1781 and in 1789 it was replaced be the Constitution of the United States (Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia). It was replaced because there was a need for a strong federal government. There were several weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation that was later addressed by the Constitution. One of the weaknesses of the Article of Confederation is that it allowed only one vote per state. Another weakness of the Article is that it didn’t give Congress power. It didn’t give them power to tax nor did it give them power to control foreign and federal trade. In the Articles there were no executive or judicial branches to pass or veto bills or acts. Also, under the Articles of Confederation there was no military to serve and protect our nation. There was no national court system under the Articles. Furthermore, in the Articles there was no common currency each state was allowed to make and issue their own paper money. The Constitution addressed these weaknesses by creating a more stabilized federal government and giving certain rights and power to the central government. While the Articles only allowed one vote per state the Constitution allow two one for the Senate and one for the House of Representative. The Constitution gave Congress power to tax and the ability to trade among the state and other...
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