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Articles of Confederation vs United States Constitution The American Revolution left the colonies without laws or an established government Thats when the Second Continental congress organized and brought forth The Articles of Confederation the first written constitution for the new nation Under the Articles the country was faced with many tough questions that needed definite answers Ten years after the ratification of the Articles came there answers in the form of the United States Constitution The Articles were faced with many problems One which included the fact that the states were given most of the power making it very unstable States were allowed to make the laws as they saw fit for themselves Under the Articles of Confederation their was no national congressional power to levy taxes All taxes were made inside each individual state The Constitution however gave national Congress the power to tax in Article I but still left some power to the states Another problem the Articles faced was its lack of an executive branch The creators of the articles were still in fear of what happened with King George III and dreaded another tyrant With no chief executive it was left to the weak congress to govern There limited control still left the states with the majority of the power At the Constitutional Convention all this fear was put behind and a strong executive branch led by the president was erected He was given the power of commander in chief appointing judges and vetoing bills passed by the legislative branch State Representation was yet another problem with which the Articles contained faults They gave each state one vote This angered the largely populated states who believed they should have more representation in Congress because they have more people under them Once again the framers of the Constitution came up with a solution They gave each state two votes in the Senate and divided the House of Representatives up by population
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