To Amend or Not to Amend The Articles of Confederation is the first governing mechanism devised for the United States. As the precedent, many Americans, especially the Foundering Fathers, knew that it had many weaknesses, but that’s precisely what they intended: a Confederacy. Out of fear of replicating another British monarchy, the colonists attempted to construct an extremely weak government and avoid concentrating powers in the hands of a few individuals. However to assess the effectiveness of the government set up by the Articles of Confederation it is paramount to discuss the problems faced by the country during the post-Revolutionary decade from 1781 to 1789 and to what how effectively and to what extent those issues were dealt with. However, by doing this more problems were created than the government could solve. Additionally, the word “effective” is a bit ambiguous. In terms of securing personal liberties and continuing the American lifestyle, the Articles did a fantastic job but in terms of national security and building world superpower country, the Articles failed miserably. In other words, while the Articles may have its advantages inherent to a Confederacy, the various problems facing the country such as an economic crisis, foreign threats, and a lack of general unity inevitably created an ineffective and feeble method of governing the new nation. Primarily one of the main causes of the Revolutionary War was to become political independent from the British Crown and instate a form of a weak central government to protect individual state rights. However, the Coalition of States have yet to actually become economically independent. Both before and after the Revolutionary War, states have continued to export millions of dollars worth, averaging around 5 million pre-revolution and 4.5 million post-revolution. (Doc B). In addition, the interstate commerce between states were more like 13 different nations with 13 different currencies floating around. Even more, Congress and the States shared the ability to coin money and issue currency, which quickly prompts inflation as too much money was floating around with no gold or sliver to back up the currency. Shays’ Rebellion was actually caused by the lack of trust and instability of the Massachusetts dollar prompting a downward spiral of farm foreclosure and making farmers even less able to pay off the debt. Furthermore, because Congress itself was denied the right to tax, they were also denied the power to excise regulatory tariffs or taxes. State tariffs within the states would have caused prices to skyrocket every time it caused a merchant to travel state boundaries. Urban artisans would have favored tariffs to protect their profits and merchants would have enjoyed open markets around the world both of which Congress was incapable to achieving. Even when Congress recommended some impost on imported goods, Rhode Island unanimously decided to ignore that action, because it harmed state interests, even those it might have helped national interests. (Doc A). On top of that, since Congress had no ways of raising revenue or steady sources of money besides “requesting money from state legislature,” which rarely occurred, the U.S. wasn’t able to pay back the war-related debts, make good on public bonds, or even properly pay veterans. (Doc C). The current economic situation was extremely precarious between a national deficiency of assets and a fluctuating dollar; it’s almost to conduct business within the United States or with other nations. In fact, because the nation was so splintered nations would probably sign treaties or other types of agreements with multiple parties besides one single state. On the other hand, relations with foreign powers were especially hazardous. Spain controlled the Mississippi thus impeding Western expansion and depriving colonists of a major transportation and trade route. In addition, Spain like other major powers looked down on the
SUPA US History
27 October 2014
The Articles of Confederation is an agreement between the thirteen
original states; it
slacking federal government before the current
went into effect.
Articles of Confederation was created to find a solution to common problem. It was the first
official government of the United States, it had many weaknesses
. One of the main weaknesses
was the failure to regulate trade (Class Notes). The states would…
Articles of Confederation
A. National government weak with little real authoriity.
1. Executive selected by members of Congress, one year term, only a figurehead with no real power.
2. No judiciary.
3. Congress given broad powers; set quotas for men and money which could be asked for from the states; make commercial and other Treaties; conduct war and foreign affairs, including negotiation with Indians; manage public lands in the west, limit state boundaries, and admit new states; borrow money…
The Articles of Confederation gave the US government very little power over very essential things, such as taxation and raising an army. Without the power to impose taxes, the central government had a hard time paying off its debts to other countries and paying its soldiers that fought in the war. It also severely limited the effectiveness of the central government by requiring 9 out of 13 votes for a law to pass while 13 out of 13 had to agree for amending a law. The central government only had…
Although the Articles of Confederation were the building blocks of America, it had many downfalls such as the failure to impose taxes, having the control over the interstate commerce, and amending documents. These faults needed to be changed as soon as possible to make create a better government, also giving some rights to the people and being able to control the trade between states.
The Articles of Confederation had many faults and one of the main ones was levying taxes. The congress could request…
This essay is based on the comparison and contrast of the Article of Confederation and the United States Constitution. Both the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution ran our country, in the past and in the presents. I’ll explain the similarities and different factors in these two documents.
The Articles of Confederation was ratified in 1781, creating a loose confederation a weak government, leaving most of the power within the state governments. They were joined together by a weak congress…
Continental congress formed a fed government and adopted the articles of confederation
Articles of confederation created a federal congress composed of representation of the 13 new states
Constitutional convention was convened in Philly in May 1787
Primary purpose to strengthen the fed government
Constitution was reported to Congress in September 1787
State ratification of the Constitution completed in 1788
Article 1, Section 2
Representatives and direct taxes
Articles of Confederation
Well with these things about between Hamilton and Jefferson took off as a good competition on the debate between the Federalists and the Antifederalists. When it came to these two people during this time, they were arguing over the laws and rules for the health benefits of each state. First for Hamilton, he had really thought that the central government acting’s would be interested in the commerce and the industries. The only thing is that Hamilton had really brought the…
Although the Articles of Confederation provided enough organization for the United
States to win the Revolutionary War, it was too limited a framework of government to provide
adequately for the new country. The Articles of Confederation did not help the fledgling country
deal with its economic or foreign policy troubles.
In Addition, the Articles of Confederation did manage to keep the United States together
as a functioning country between 1781 and 1789. Under the Articles of Confederation, each state…
The Articles of Confederation was a work of art for that time period, a genius idea. It was a great starting point for the United States history. It helped shape this country to what it is now. Without it, the American government today would not be the same. Without it, the Constitution would not have been created in its perfect entirety. Life without either of these documents would be dramatically different for every single American citizen. Heck, there probably would not even be a United States…
Early American: Founding Fathers
The Articles of the Confederation and the Preamble of the Constitution are documents of the United States where it states the plans of the nation. These two documents are written differently by form, meaning, and the audience that these documents addresses to. The Preamble is suppose to be a refinement to the Articles if so what are the improvements that were made?
The structure of these two documents differ…