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Briefly discuss the strengths and weaknesses of both the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. What were the concerns with each document? What proposed changes became reality with the implementation of the Constitution over the Articles of Confederation?

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On the Articles of Confederation

Drafted in 1776 during the Continental Congress in Pennsylvania, it is an agreement between the 13 founding states that declared and established the United States as an independent nation being a confederation of said 13 states. The Articles served as the first legal document that established the laws of the young nation and is considered as its first Constitution.

As the first 'Constitution', it served its then primary purpose - providing domestic and international legitimacy for the Confederacy, allowing ...

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