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The plan of government used before the constitution was?


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June 03, 2010 12:37AM

Before the constitution, the United States government was based on the Articles of Confederation. However, these weren't successful because they gave too much power to the states and not enough to the central government. For example, the central government couldn't tax the states, they could only ask for money. The states didn't have to give them any. Also, the central government couldn't control trade between the states or the states and other countries. This meant that the states could charge ridiculous prices for goods and other countries wouldn't want to trade with the US.