The Constitution Pros And Cons

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After the United States had become free of British rule, many believed that the United States should have a very weak national government, allowing each state to be its own sovereign nation. When the articles of confederation emerged in 1777, the only national power was in congress, and it did not have the power to regulate trade, draft troops of levy taxes on the people. Congress had to make formal requests to states in order to receive troops and taxes, and the requests were often denied. The confederation congress was so ineffective and unpopular that by the late 1780s that many states were willing to give up some of their liberties in order to secure their future. This new desire opened up for the constitutional convention, and the ultimate drafting of the constitution. From the moment it was drafted, the United States Constitution has stirred many debates over its exact meaning in each of its clauses. Although the constitution was created with a wide range of meanings, the different meanings…show more content…
In order to please representatives from the states, congress was divided into two chambers: one balancing state powers, and one balancing population powers from each state. Before the constitution there was not federal power, and the constitution really brought the states together by fairy accommodating all of their needs in order to become united. By allowing some federal authority, both the longevity of the states, and the overall security of the country remained preserved. According to John Fiske in The Critical Period of American History, many problems affected the United States during the time of the articles of confederation, as inequality among states, threats from overseas, and extensive lawlessness ravaged the United States. “Only the timely adoption of the constitution, Fiske claimed, saved the young republic from
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