Federalism - balanced the state's power with that of the national government. Separation of Powers - 3 branches (Executive, Judicial, Legislative). "Checks and Balances" - Each branch can stop the others from becoming too strong. "Bill of Rights" - protects each person's rights
Describe the features of the U.S. Constitution.
Articles of Confederation. It was too weak.
What was America's first government called? What was its major problem?
1. It could not regulate commerce between the states. 2. Shay's Rebellion showed that it was too weak to raise an army to protect property rights.
What two things showed the Articles of Confederation to be too weak?