America the Great is a short story detailing the background of The Articles of Confederation and United States Constitution.

America the Great

by Connor Patterson

The Articles of Confederation were an agreement between the original thirteen colonies that served as an early constitution.

The articles were written and passed by The Second Continental Congress.

Branches of the Government

(Articles of Confederation)

Under the Articles of Confederation, America only had one branch of the government which consisted of the congress. 

The Constitution is a set of rules to keep the United States running smoothly. The constitution was approved on June 21, 1788.

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Cabinet- Nominated by president and approved by senate.

Branches of the Government

(Constitutional)

Executive

  • Supreme Court- Nine justices chosen by the president and approved by the senate.
  • Other federal courts

Judicial

  • Congress
  • Senate- 100 Elected Senotors (two per state)
  • House of Representatives- 435 Elected Representatives (based on state population)

Legislative

Power Given to the Government

(Articles of Confederation)

Under the Articles of Confederation, America was just a group of states that were loosely connected. For the most part states functioned under their own governments. The national government didn't have a lot of power over the states.

Power Given to the Government

(Constitution)

Under the Constitution, the national government was given a lot more power. Giving the government more power put the country in a more stable place and gave America a better sense of unity.

Articles of Confederation vs. The Constitution

  • 1. Little government involvement
  • 2. No court system
  • 3. No government control over trade
  •  4. Two to seven members on congress per state
  • 5. Only state governments have power over the people
  • 6. Federal government has no control over taxes

Articles

  • 1. Government plays a much larger part  
  • 2. Organized court system to try accused criminals
  • 3. Trade between states is controlled by congress
  • 4. Two members of congress per state
  • 5. Both state and federal governments have power over the people
  • 6. Federal government has control over some taxes

Constitution

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