Early Americans feared a strong central government because they felt it could turn into a system like the one they just rebelled against. They were concerned about the central government having too much power and resembling a monarchy, the possible nullification of their state constitutions, and the possibility that the will of the central government would overpower the will of the people.
Each state created their own constitution States included the ideas of natural rights, natural law, social contract, popular sovereignty, representation, separation of power, and checks and balances. These are all ideas of John Locke, Montesquieu, and ideas found in the Declaration of Independence.
Problems / Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation
1. Congress was not given any power to tax the people