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On October 23 1783 a most extraordinary event took place George Washington gave up power How could anyone do this Power was the thing that everyone wanted So why would Washington be crazy enough to give up such a valuable possession Since he had helped Americans gain their freedom from a king he didnt want to become another ruler over them Now Americans that had their freedom they worried about how they would maintain order among themselves So to govern the United States the Continental Congress created a set of laws called the Articles of Confederation Under these Articles the Congress gathered where they passed laws and made sure they were enforced The legislative branch and executive branch did this task The Articles was not something that many liked It had many weaknesses such as only one vote was allowed by each state no matter what the population number no power to tax no coercive power and no national court system to interpret laws So how did the Constitution attempt to correct the flaws of the Articles of Confederation The Constitution attempted to correct the flaws of the Confederation government first by decisions made that lead to the Great Compromise and then by dividing power between the state and national governments and by creating a strong executive officer The Constitution attempted to correct the flaws of the Confederation government first by decisions made that lead to the Great Compromise A Constitutional Convention was held in 1787 between those who wanted to abandon or amend the Articles Mostly everyone wanted a stronger national government but they didnt want to start all over James Madison and others came prepared by bringing to the Convention a plan-the Virginia Plan-which became the focus of discussions against all the ideas The Virginia Plan consisted of creating a two-house national legislature Each state was only allowed to send representatives in proportion to the number of citizens So a state
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