declaration of independence vs. articles of confederation vs. the constitution
declaration was first, then constitution, then articles.
d.c= "unalienable right," life, liberty and the pursuit..couldn't be abridged by gov. found focus on problems, grievances, aspirations.
a.c=first written constitution, limited gov. power, relationship between ntl gov & states, congress has little power.
conf=gave US checks & balances, electoral college, bill of rights, separation of powers & federalism.