The Causes and Effects of the US Constitution

The Causes and Effects of the US Constitution
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1 Edward Zhao College Writing

Cause and effect essay October 29th 2010

The Causes and Effects of the US Constitution

Final Copy On September 17, 1787, 39 delegates signed their name on the nation’s Constitution after a 4-months long debate and drafting process. This Constitution, along with its following amendments, gives the frame of government for the United States, and plays a significant role in the country’s history. Hence, it is essential to identify the causes and effects as we look at the history of America. In general the weakness of the Articles of Confederation is considered a major cause for the creation of the US Constitution. It did not provide a satisfactory frame of government that America needed in terms of economy, politics, as well as military affairs. First of all, the economy suffered during the age of the Confederation. A common currency is vital for a nation’s economy; however, America did not have it at that time. This created huge barriers of trades for interstate commerce. Moreover, the federal government could not levy taxes to support itself. Unreliable contributions from states were the only financial source of the Congress. As a result, there was no way to build a strong economy in the harsh environment. However, it changed after the Constitution was adopted. The actions that Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson took boosted the economy by creating the national bank and national currency. Such actions regulated the commerce nationwide and imposed taxes and tariffs which helped the developments of industry. Second, the type of government that Articles of Confederation provided was too weak to unite the states. It seemed that at that time America was only a loose union of independent states instead of a country. The powers of the national Congress were mostly external, including: declaring and conducting wars, negotiating peace, and regulating foreign affairs. Furthermore,

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Causes and Effects of the US Constitution

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2 Edward Zhao College Writing

Cause and effect essay October 29th 2010

proposing amendments to the Articles of Confederation was almost impossible because it required agreements from all states. As a result, the country earned little respect from other countries. Some countries did not even acknowledge the existence of the nation, leading to disadvantages for the economy again. In contrast, the Constitution solved problems and created a strong-centralized government. The federal government earned the power which is necessary for the thrive of the country. Under the Constitution, we see a lot advancements which are impossible to happen in the ages of the Confederation took place in the following years, for instance, the Louisiana Purchase expanded the nation’s territory as twice as much. In terms of Military affairs, the Constitution also changed the situation. The Articles of Confederation provided little revenue to the federal government in order to establish a formidable military.

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