How do the Articles of Confederation follow the complaints stated in the Declaration of Independence?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that the Articles went very far in exhibiting the type of government sought out in Jefferson's document.  On one hand, I think that the fear of centralized government and the abuses apparent in such a form of rule are immediately addressed by the Articles.  The nation's first constitution did not feature any significant provisions for  a centralized government.  Whereas Jefferson's document spoke out against the type of government that failed to heed the word of the governed, the Articles ensured that state power was able to override any federal interests.  Jefferson's writing speaks of a time when the consent of the governed is heard and validated.  Certainly, the Articles of Confederation represented this with such an emphasis on decentralized government, a condition whereby individual voices are validated and recognized in the governmental set up.  The entire notion of how central government can operate as a pretense for despotism was repudiated by the Articles of Confederation, a government that ended up speaking more to the idea of state governments than anything else.

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