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Friday, February 02, 2024

The Articles of Confederation

For something completely different, I decided to give a close read to the Articles of Confederation. Couple of things I noticed:

  1. The Articles, unlike the Constitution, uses the word "Governor" to describe the executive leader of some states. The Constitution only uses the phrase "executive authority."
  2. The Articles often required nine states to vote for an action. This was probably the source of the Constitution's rule that only nine states were required for ratification. (The Articles did not use nine states as the amendment rule.) 
  3. The Articles provided for a Standing Committee to do business when Congress was not in session. Many political bodies around the world use this form, but the Constitution does not.
  4. The Articles, unlike the Constitution, refers at one point to "white inhabitants."

Posted by Gerard Magliocca on February 2, 2024 at 11:58 AM | Permalink


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