What is the one power found in found in one but not the other two of the following: Declaration, Constitution, Articles of Confederation?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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There are many powers that are found in the Constitution that are not in either of the other two documents.  This is because neither of the other two documents was meant to give much power at all to the national government.  The Declaration of Independence essentially gives no powers to anyone.  It is not about giving powers, it is about declaring why the colonies want to break from England.  The Articles do create a government, but the national government has very little in the way of powers.  In the Constitution, many powers are given to the national government that are not given in either of the other documents.

Some of the most important of these are

  • The power to tax
  • The power to regulate commerce between the states
  • The ability to have an executive branch headed by a strong president
  • The power to have national laws supersede state laws

All of these are given by the Constitution but not by either of the other documents.

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sweetpea911 | (Level 1) eNoter

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Thank you, I read these documents over and over and found that they each had a different purpose as you stated above, I just really wanted to make sure I was on the right path. Thank you so much for your time.

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