From the Articles to the Constitution
It is understood that the US Constitution was written to form a more centralized form of government, a federation, which could protect and regulate the rights of the US citizens. While the Articles of Confederation was avoiding this type of government affected by the British experience, the constitution encouraged it. The main difference between these two documents is the balance and centralization of powers. How did the constitution change the role of national government in the life of US citizens?
The first generation of American leaders, namely those who guided the American system and the American people through the trials of rebellion and independence, were pretty certain that a confederation type of union was the preferable option. The Articles of Confederation made it abundantly clear that the main power would stay in the hands of the states. Under the Articles, the central government would have no authority to raise a standing army. …
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