The Articles of Confederation and the U.S. Constitution are different in highly significant ways, but they have the following similarities:
They shared a purpose. The purpose of both documents was to create a centralized government and to provide a framework for that government. In both documents, the framework included a set of laws that granted powers to the U.S. government and that regulated its relations with the states.
They made the same promises. They promised to defend the citizens, protect their freedom, and provide for their welfare.
They shared the same concerns. Both documents recognized the need for a central government, the need to impose taxes as a source of national income, to have a system of checks and balances, and to create a document that could be changed as the country grew.
They granted significant powers to the federal government, which overrode the powers of the states. In both documents,the central government had control over foreign policy and the value of money, and it had the power to sign and ratify treaties. Both documents also set term limits for government offices.
As the nation’s founding documents, they are pivotal texts in U.S. history. The Articles of Confederation served as a framework for the U.S. government, as does the U.S. Constitution. Furthermore, the Constitution was formed in response to the successes and failures of the Articles of Confederation, which makes the significance of these documents intricately linked.