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Constitution & the Articles of Confederation

            Improving the conditions of America has been fulfilled by many changes that have taken place throughout history. The founding fathers" decision of switching from the Articles of Confederation to the Constitution was a major change that had a long lasting effect on people in America. Under the Articles of Confederation, the states were separated and it made the nation disunited. The Constitution is a better way of protecting its United States citizens because it made the states more cohesive and orderly. The federal system and checks and balances were both methods used in order to protect our natural rights. .
             The Constitution was written to correct weaknesses in the Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation were introduced in 1777 and this gave the power to individual states. The problem of the Articles of Confederation was that it limited the power to central government. It created a weak union between the states and made the states vulnerable to outside interference from other nations such as Great Britain and Spain. The confederation government was feeble without a president, and when issues arose between the states, many of the states could not agree on an outcome. To make matters worse, changing the Articles of Confederation was nearly impossible. Unanimous votes of all thirteen states were required before any changes could be made.
             There were many flaws and problems associated with the Articles of Confederation. Congress had trouble passing laws due to the fact that nine of the thirteen states had to agree before any laws could be passed. Since there was no president or an executive branch, there was no way to make sure that laws passed by Congress were carried out. There were no courts to interpret laws, or to judge those that broke them because a national court system did not exist. Congress did not have the power to collect the taxes needed to pay for the expenses of the national government.

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