A commentary on The Articles of Confederation and how they are the foundation to the Constitution.
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The Articles of Confederation
The building blocks for the Constitution are those things which we have spent time studying, but one could argue that the foundation rests in the Articles of Confederation. True, some of the writings we have looked at came before the Articles, but nothing helped shape the things to come for the better. Every good structure rests upon a strong foundation.
Our government today, operates under the construct of the Constitution. Early in its days, America didn’t really have an operators manual. Thanks to the Articles of Confederation, America had direction and guidelines which it could now follow. The Articles laid out a basic shape of how things should operate.
But why was it needed? At the time, states were still in their infancy and looking for direction themselves. They were working on their own state constitutions, and lacked the guidance needed in order to come together as a group of united states. It seems as though each state was looking to establish their own identities, while the national government tried to bring them to unity.
Enter if you will, the Articles of Confederation. This was the binding contract that stitched each state together. It gave them direction as to how they would assemble together on national issues. It defined how they would work together for the common good of the nation. Most of all, it gave identity to The United States of America.
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