Articles Of Confederation Case Report

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The Articles of Confederation in 1781 was the very first time a set of laws was written down by the newly independent United States of America. The Articles gave freedom and sovereignty to the governments of the individual states and made the national Congress the highest level to end disputes. The Congress was also in charge of things such as treaties and alliances, monetary systems, regulating the navy and army, and being the final say for disputes. These set of laws were a good starting point for the new country. It was the first time a set of laws was physically written down, giving the people a definite and final law to follow, as it could not be changed. Some of the laws were a good skeleton for what would become the Constitution America …show more content…
Again, the issue of the colonies individually not being mature enough to handle such large tasks, like being able to regulate their state’s trade. In Article VI, it states, “...and the people of each state...shall enjoy therein all the privileges of trade and commerce.” Because the country is newly independent, they want to make sure that all of the states have so much liberty, that they are being given too much. The states were economically unorganized and their trade market was failing. In Document B, there is a statistical representation of this occurrence. In the years before the Articles of Confederation were instated, the population was in the mid-2 millions. The market value of the US exports to Great Britain varied, however from 1774 to 1775, it began to see a good increase as the population was also increasing. During the years of the Articles of Confederation, the population was slowly increasing each year throughout the 3 millions. Because there was an increase in population, there should have also been an increase in the estimated market value of US exports because the country had more able bodies and more need for the money. However, this was not the case. The estimated market value of US exports stayed fairly constant in the $4 millions from the years 1784 to 1789, the years of the Articles. Since the population was increasing, this should not have been the case. The …show more content…
The Articles of Confederation did not provide the United States with a very effective government. They put too much emphasis on the states as individuals, rather than acting as a United States of America. Without a strong central government, a country cannot prosper, especially a newly independent country like America. Countries need a strong national government in order to provide the states with the assistance they need in affairs such as expansion and trade. Because of the importance stressed upon individual state governments, the Articles of Confederation

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