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The political concerns most clearly reflected in these documents were the desire for control of the government and the fear of government infringement on the rights of the people. It was for these reasons that the states reserved so much power for themselves in the Articles of Confederation. It was for these reasons that the states almost invariably included bills of rights in their constitutions. The people were worried that any government (and particularly the national government) might take away their rights in the same way that the British government had. By creating a weak central government and by inserting bills of rights in the state constitutions, the people hoped to maintain their freedoms and their ability to rule themselves.
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