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Comparison of Constitution and Articles of Confederation

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  1. States are sovereign
  2. No independent executive
  3. No federal courts-all laws enforced by state courts.
  4. No taxing power given to Congress.
  5. Congress has no power over interstate or
    foreign commerce.
  6. Congress consists of one body and each state
    has one vote.
  7. Amended only by approval of ALL the states.
  8. Congress has only specific, delegated powers.
  9. Only state governments act directly on the people.
  1. People of the whole nation are sovereign--exercise
    of sovereignty is divided between states and the
    central government.
  2. Independent executive chosen by electoral college.
  3. Separate federal court system, with power to
    resolved disputes between the states.
  4. Congress has power to "lay and collect taxes, duties,
    imposts, and excises."
  5. Congress has power to regulate commerce with other
    nations and among the states.
  6. Congress consists of two bodies. Number in House is
    based on population and each state has two Senators.
  7. Amended with approval of 3/4 of states.
  8. Congress has implied as well as specific powers.
  9. Both central government and state governments acts
    directly on the people.
Copyright 2008, by the Contributing Authors. Cite/attribute Resource . factpetersen. (2007, October 15). Comparison of Constitution and Articles of Confederation. Retrieved January 08, 2011, from Free Online Course Materials — USU OpenCourseWare Web site: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons License