A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution by Carol BerkinA rich narrative portrait of post-revolutionary America and the men who shaped its political future.
Though the American Revolution is widely recognized as our nations founding story, the years immediately following the war—when our government was a disaster and the country was in a terrible crisis—were in fact the most crucial in establishing the countrys independence. The group of men who travelled to Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 had no idea what kind of history their meeting would make. But all their ideas, arguments, and compromises—from the creation of the Constitution itself, article by article, to the insistence that it remain a living, evolving document—laid the foundation for a government that has surpassed the founders greatest hopes. Revisiting all the original historical documents of the period and drawing from her deep knowledge of eighteenth-century politics, Carol Berkin opens up the hearts and minds of Americas founders, revealing the issues they faced, the times they lived in, and their humble expectations of success.
Problems with the Article of Confederation
Why the Articles of Confederation Failed
It was years ago today that the Articles of Confederation, the first American constitution, was sent to the 13 states for consideration. On November 17, , Congress submitted the Articles to the states for immediate consideration. Tow days earlier, the Second Continental Congress approved the document, after a year of debates. The British capture of Philadelphia also forced the issue. The Articles formed a war-time confederation of states, with an extremely limited central government. The document made official some of the procedures used by the Congress to conduct business, but many of the delegates realized the Articles had limitations. Here is a quick list of the problems that occurred, and how these issues led to our current Constitution.
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The Articles of Confederation Explained: U.S. History Review
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The Articles of Confederation established the first governmental structure unifying the 13 colonies that had fought in the American Revolution. In effect, this document created the structure for the confederation of these newly minted 13 states. After many attempts by several delegates to the Continental Congress, a draft by John Dickinson of Pennsylvania was the basis for the final document, which was adopted in The Articles went into effect on March 1, , after all, 13 states had ratified them. The Articles of Confederation lasted until March 4, , when they were replaced by the U. So, why did the Articles of Confederation fail after just eight years? In response to widespread antipathy toward a strong central government, the Articles of Confederation kept national government weak and allowed for the states to be as independent as possible.