The Articles of Confederation

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In what way did the Articles of Confederation reflect the experience of the American Revolution?

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The American Revolution was, largely, a reaction to the colonists' experience of a distant and unresponsive government, which was far removed from their everyday concerns, politically unaccountable to their needs and desires, and led by an executive vested with immense power.

The Articles of Confederation , the United States's first constitution, was a document crafted with this experience in mind. It, firstly, obliterated the executive entirely; the president of the Congress of the Confederation was nothing more than a presiding officer with only parliamentary (as opposed to administrative) authority. It, secondly, created a legislative assembly that was elected—albeit indirectly—from the constituent states (while the British House of Commons was also elected, they were not elections in which Americans were entitled to participate). Finally, it strictly curtailed central power by limiting the scope of the federal government and creating high thresholds for the enactment of...

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