Our first plan of government was called the Articles of Confederation. It was very clear that many people were concerned about having a government that would have too much power. The Articles of Confederation was created to try to prevent this from happening.
The Articles of Confederation restricted the government from doing many things. For example, the Congress didn’t have the power to levy taxes. It also couldn’t require people to join the military. Congress was also not able to control trade.
Another example of this fear was that the executive branch consisted of a three-person committee to carry out the laws. The people were very afraid that one person would have too much power.
It also was fairly difficult to pass laws or to change the Articles of Confederation. Nine states were needed to vote to pass a law. All thirteen states had to agree to change a law.
Eventually, people realized these limitations were hurting the country. The government had financial problems and struggled to deal with other countries that were pushing us around. Eventually, a meeting was held to write a new plan of government that would create a stronger federal government.