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The Constitution vs The Articles of Confederation 

The Constitution is a strong Federal Government. The Senate has 2 reps and the House of Representatives is based on the population of the state.

The Constitution!

The Articles of Confederation 

The Articles of Confederation united the individual states. It had one house of delegates and each state had one vote. This only lasted a year.  

*Bill of Rights

*Congress has the power to


*3 branches of government 

(Legislative, Judicial, and


*Common currency 

Constitution        Both          Articles 


declares war


conducts foreign



makes Treaties

*Congress has

the power to

make laws

*Each State has 1 vote

*9/13 votes needed 

*Can not tax

*Articles can only be amended

with unanimous vote 

In the Consitution each state is allowed votes based on their population. This is a more effective system because it is based on how many people you have. This made it better for the bigger states because they had an equal say in things with the smaller states. of course the smaller states arent a big fan of this system because they no longer have as much power. 

In The Articles of Confederation  each state was allowed 1 vote. This made it nice for the smaller states because they had an actual say in what was going on in the country. The bigger states didnt like this because they had more people therefor less of a say. 

In the Articles of confederation the power is in Congress and the states. Congress has the power to do almost anything. One thing they cant do is tax thepeople. Only the states can tax. In the Articles of confederation the states were afraide to have a president because of the power he would be givin. Therefore all the power was either from the people or congress. 

The constitution has 3 branches f goventment. The first branch is the Legislative brach. They are incharge of making laws. In this branch is Congress, Senate, and The House of Representatives. The second branch is the Execuative branch. This branch carries out the laws it consists of the presedent, the vise presedent, and the cabinet. The final branch of government is the Judicial branch. This branch is the one that evaluates the laws it consists of supreme court and other Federal Courts.

The Constitution ends up being a better system for many reasons. One important reason is the 3 branches of government. This helps the power be ballenced so there wont be a chance of once branch having too much power. Another reason it is better is because of the voting systems. Now that the votes are regulated by population smaller states wont have more say than the larger states. The third and final reason the constitution is a better system is the it didnt give the states all the power. One of the biggest weeknesses in the Articles of Confederation was the fact that the states had all the power. All in all the Constitution is a more organized efficiant way to run our country.  



Amended:to alter, modify, rephrase, or add to or subtract from (a motion, bill, constitution, etc.) by formal procedure:

Congress may amend the proposed tax bill.

Articles of Confederation:the first constitution of the 13 American states, adopted in 1781 and replaced in 1789 by the Constitution of the United States.

Congress:the national legislative body of the U.S., consisting of the Senate, or upper house, and the House of Representatives, or lower house, as a continuous institution.

Constitution:the system of fundamental principles according to which a nation, state, corporation, or the like, is governed.

Delegates:a person designated to act for or represent another or others; deputy; representative, as in a political convention.

Executive Branch:the branch of government charged with the execution and enforcement of laws and policies and the administration of public affairs; the executive.

Foreign Affairs:activities of a nation in its relationships with other nations; international relations.

House of Representatives:the lower legislative branch in many national and state bicameral governing bodies, as in the United States, Mexico, and Japan.

Judicial Branch:the branch of government charged with the interpretation of laws and the administration of justice; the judiciary.

Legislative Branch:the branch of government having the power to make laws; the legislature.
Senate:an assembly or council of citizens having the highest deliberative functions in a government, especially a legislative assembly of a state or nation.

Treaties:a formal agreement between two or more states in reference to peace, alliance, commerce, or other international relations.

Unanimous:of one mind; in complete agreement; agreed.


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