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  • The Articles of Confederation was the United States' first constitution. It was written in order to unite states after the American Revolution. However, because the American people feared strong national governments at the time, it didn't give sufficient power to the federal government.
  • the Articles of Confederation did not give the federal government enough power. Under them, there was no president and the country was run only by Congress (!!!). Without a centralized power, there was no national currency, few national laws, and no national army. This system proved ineffective, so the Constitution was created. Under the Constitution, stability and unity increased in the new nation.
  • Our federal government has three parts. They are the Executive, (President and about 5,000,000 workers) Legislative (Senate and House of Representatives) and Judicial (Supreme Court and lower Courts). The President of the United States administers the Executive Branch of our government.
  • The United States Congress is made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
  • "[A] bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse." - Thomas Jefferson, December 20, 1787
  • 1. George Washington (1732-1799) None, Federalist 1789-1797 2. John Adams (1735-1826) Federalist 1797-1801 3. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Democratic-Republican 1801-1809 4. James Madison (1751-1836) Democratic-Republican 1809-1817
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