Why were the Articles of Conferderation a necessary stepping stone to the Constitution?

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The Articles of Confederation was a stepping-stone to the development of the Constitution. When the Articles of Confederation was created, the United States needed a plan of government. There was a great fear that the new federal government would have too much power and would operate in a similar manner...

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The Articles of Confederation was a stepping-stone to the development of the Constitution. When the Articles of Confederation was created, the United States needed a plan of government. There was a great fear that the new federal government would have too much power and would operate in a similar manner as the British did when they ruled the colonies. As a result, by design, the Articles of Confederation was a weak form of government. There were many restrictions placed upon it. For example, the federal government couldn’t levy taxes nor could it require people to serve in the military. As a result, the new government struggled in many ways. The government was always short of funds and struggled to pay its debts and maintain a military force. Other countries pushed the United States around, and there was little the federal government could do about it because of these restrictions.

Eventually, people began to realize that there were serious weaknesses with this plan of government. A meeting was held in Philadelphia to develop a new plan of government that would address the weaknesses that existed with the Articles of Confederation. This meeting led to the creation of the Constitution. The Articles of Confederation served its purpose of setting up an initial plan for the federal government after independence was achieved. As time passed, its usefulness diminished, creating the need for a new plan for the federal government.

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