The Reasons for a limited federal government By gabriel Packard


The articles of confederation say “Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this Confederation expressly delegated to the United States, in Congress assembled.”(Articles of Confederation II)this is what the states agreed to when their delegates signed the constitution. In contrast, the founders of america wanted a limited federal government for many reason.

King George The III

The founders wanted a limited government because the king of england was a single “idea’ed” ruler who didn’t listen to what the people wanted so they came up with this idea in the articles of confederation. “The First Continental Congress, which met at Philadelphia in September-October 1774, was called to frame a common strategy of resistance to the Coercive Acts that Parliament had imposed on the troublesome colony of Massachusetts.” This shows that the colonists felt that King George III didn’t think of the people when making decisions. Within this he also didn’t let them represent themselves even with acts that he imposed on them being hated( Rakove ). In having a limited government the circumstance of one single person having too much power can’t happen. They gave the state governments more of the power and limited the power of the federal government.

Printing of There own Money

Another reason the founders of america wanted a limited government was currently they were in debt, so they came up with a way to make expenses low and they could make the money back without making the people angry. They did this by letting the states print their own money. They did this by letting the states print their own money. Later they figured out that the government was helpless because they had no income and couldn’t fix problems arising, such States started fighting over things like land and with no federal level government they couldn’t do anything.”The said States hereby severally enter into a firm league of friendship with each other, for their common defense, the security of their liberties, and their mutual and general welfare, binding themselves to assist each other, against all force offered to, or attacks made upon them, or any of them, on account of religion, sovereignty, trade, or any other pretense whatever.” This is what the states agreed upon but didn’t follow New Hampshire and New York fought over land which then later became Vermont. This is one of the things the founders did to avoid a federal government with too much power.

Taxing your own State

Another reason the founders made it so the government couldn’t have too much power was because they didn’t want the federal government to have all the money and have the option not to release it. They made it so the states could impose their own taxes on the states but the one restriction was that a taxation law would have to be approved by 9 of the thirteen states. This was one of the many ways the founders of america made it so the federal government wasn’t too powerful.They did this by letting the states impose their own taxes which was a good solution at the time. Later they figured out that the government was helpless because they had no income and couldn’t fix problems arising.


The founders of america did a good job making sure the government didn’t have too much power but did a horrible job making states to free making it so the government had no power they made the states almost like there own countries and didn’t think of about the things the federal government did need and didn’t make sure they had a fail safe to insure America’s safety.

Work Cited Page

Rakove, Jack N. "From the Old Congress to the New; March 5, 1751-June 28, 1836." The American Congress: The Building of Democracy, edited by Julian E. Zelizer, Houghton Mifflin, 2004. General OneFile, Accessed 12 Jan. 2017.

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