Articles of Confederation and Consitiution Dbq Essay

In multiple ways, the constitution mended and fixed many political and economic problems found in the articles of confederation. The constitution effectively fixed most of these problems at hand. The constitution corrected and changed what previously was put in place.
The Articles of Confederation failed because they did not give Congress and the government enough power.  The new United States just fought a war to end a rule of a strong government that overpowered local government by the British. The leaders of the U.S. feared a powerful central government.  Because of this, they did not give the central government the power it needed to rule effectively.  It did not give Congress the power to tax, so the government ended up printing money, which caused inflation. It did not give Congress the power to draft troops, so the U.S. military was small leaving the U.S. weak.  Congress did not have the power to control interstate commerce or stop states from printing their own money, causing economic chaos within the U.S. The Articles did not give Congress the power to place tariffs on foreign goods, hurting American businesses that could not compete with cheaper British goods. The U.S. government had no chief executive so there was no one to enforce the laws that were passed.  The list can go on. With the rebellion led by Daniel Shays in Massachusetts, the leaders of the U.S. realized the Articles were not working which led to the Constitutional Convention where the Articles were abandoned and the new U.S. Constitution was written. The Constitution addressed many of the problems created by the Articles by creating a federal system of government with a much more powerful national government. It gave the national government the power to tax, draft troops, control commerce, etc. It also created an executive branch and a federal court system, both of which were lacking under the Articles of Confederation.  The most important argument against the new Constitution was...