12-01-2016, 10:15 PM
The major difference is that the "states" were actually separate countries. They were afraid that a strong central government, which was originally put together to help the 13 colonies in defense and trade ONLY, would have too much power and the individual "countries" would lose their freedom.
They were right.
The "Civil" War ended any "states" rights that were left and made everyone a slave, contrary to popular history.