The first “constitution” of the United States was the “Articles of Confederation” adopted in 1781. Why were many of the same founders who created it dissatisfied enough by 1787 that they desired a complete restructuring of the federal government?

Most Americans today would probably say that the United States is a “democracy”; however, our founders actually created a “republic.” What is the difference and why did they prefer “republicanism” over “democracy”? (Chapter 5 also contains pertinent information)



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