The Articles and the Constitution
The Articles of Confederation were drawn up during the American Revolution creating a glorified military alliance with a weak central government in order to minimize the chances of tyranny. After the Revolution, a bad economy and Shays’ Rebellion caused many elites to reconsider and advocate for a stronger central government. In 1787, the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia to create the United States Constitution, which created a stronger central government with additional power, such as the power to regulate interstate commerce. The Constitution was ratified after a contentious process which ended with the addition of a Bill of Rights to appease the Antifederalists. In the state of New York, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay wrote The Federalist Papers in order to answer objections to the proposed Constitution.
By: Tom Richey.