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Articles of Confederation & the US Constitution

Please respond to any two of the following questions in an organized, 500-word essay

Questions for the essays:

What are the characteristics of American democracy? How does American democracy differ from the theory of democratic government?

Are you a liberal, a conservative, or something in between? Using the table on page 50 of your text, write an essay discussing your placement on the political spectrum.

Compare and contrast the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. Why did the Constitution succeed where the Articles of Confederation failed?

The Anti-Federalists expressed many fears in their writings. Two of the most important fears involved taxation and the centralization of government. With respect to taxation, they feared that the central government would expand its taxing power slowly and end up restricting the taxing freedoms of state and local governments. The second major fear was that the capital city would cause the central government to lose touch with its constituency. Explain why you agree or disagree.

The writing of the Constitution can be seen as the first real working of group interest or pluralism in the United States. What kinds of bargains or compromises were struck in the writing of this document? How were the various interests of the 13 colonies protected by the provisions of Congress? Remember to include the two houses of Congress and the 3/5 compromises.

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The solution below should provide you with a starting point in putting together your own take on the problem. The solution follows the APA-format. To make the essay more course-specific, please review your materials to insert concepts from there to the essay. I have chosen to provide you with a comparison and contrast essay of the Articles vs. the Constitution to answer question no. 3. Good luck!

OTA 105878/Xenia Jones

A Comparison and Contrast of the Articles of Confederation and The Constitution

To understand what the benefits and drawbacks were, it is important to compare and contrast the positions in which the documents differ. I believe that they are thus:

1. Taxation - The articles allow the congress to levy taxes on each state which means that the taxation burden has to be readjusted within each state among its populace and taxation is not equal 'Federally' whereas in the constitution, the Congress levies taxation individually according to the position of each taxpaying individual making it equal across the board.

2. Justice - there is no central justice system via the articles, there is no system of Federal Courts, each state handles its own courts and justice system and it causes problems with fugitives and inter-state criminal/civic ...

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The solution is an APA format 759-word essay with the title 'A Comparison and Contrast of the Articles of Confederation and The Constitution'. Its content is reflected on the title of the essay, highlighting the key points between the Articles and the Constitution in an 8-point discussion further enhanced by an analysis. References are listed. A word version is attached for easy printing.