Your Name Class The Constitution and the Articles of Confederation “Articles of Confederation reflected American political theory as it emerged during the American revolution and formed an important part of the background to the 1787 Constitution.”( ). Although, some scholars believed the Articles of Confederation were idealistic and a practical governing mechanism, and may have set the stage for our constitution, it had several weaknesses and problems. The Articles of Confederation and the Constitution had several differences, but both have been historical landmarkers in the making of the United States. This essay focuses on the what led to the writing and approval of Articles of Confederation, why they failed and how it led to the writing of the American Constitution, and the major differences between the two key documents. In the period during 1760-1770, the imposition of taxes by the British parliament on the American colonies was controversial, and the passage of the “Tea Act” was a key event of this controversy. Through the Act the British government hoped to achieve the American acceptance to taxation without any protests. It didn’t go as planned. Americans protested in Dec 1773 in the “Boston Tea Party”. The British parliament responded to this by passing a series of acts know as the “Coercive Acts” to punish Massachusetts and keep other colonies in check. “The Acts closed the “Port of Boston”, lessened the autonomy of the government of Massachusetts and provided that British officials be tried in England if accused of crime. They prompted Rhode Island
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- Fall '19
- American Revolution, United States Declaration of Independence, Thirteen Colonies