2.0.1 Articles of Confederation

Democratic governments feel like the norm for us today, but that is because we’ve never lived in a world where nearly all governments had some form of monarchy. Today, newly formed countries can look to many examples of democratic governments around the world. The founding authors for the United States government didn’t have that luxury. So it’s no surprise that they got it wrong the first time. The Articles of Confederation was our first democratic constitution, but it was so flawed that it didn’t last very long.

What you need to learn

How did the founders tackle the question of governing a large & diverse country democratically, and why did their first attempt (Articles of Confederation) fail?