Articles Of Confederation Dq Analysis

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DQB for the Articles of Confederation
The definition of the word “effective” is to be successful in producing a desired or intended result, in which the Articles of Confederation did achieve by all means. Its primary purpose was to establish, for the United States, a form of national government and set laws, did it not? All thirteen of the states, united as one, ratified the articles in 1781 before the Revolution War ended. However, it was the way in which the plan was executed, that revealed to Congress and the American people, the current Articles would only lead to routes of complete chaos for the newborn country. With the form of united government in the mind, the Articles did fail to handle important issues such as legislative disorganization,
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A confederacy (meaning power to the states) is what the Second Continental Congress established back in 1781 yet Congress tried to be a source of a central government for the people. The two authorities could not exist together without forming a weak governmental system. According to loophole in the Articles, the states governments were free to establish different, and often-conflicting laws regarding tariffs and navigation. State governments also traded with foreign countries and declared wars with the “consent of Congress”. Depending on the state, some choose to have a bill of rights and others didn’t which left citizens without set laws informing them on it is constitutional in their state. Then in 1782, Document A, the letter from the Rhode Island Assembly sent to Congress displaying distrust in the officers of Congress and little enthusiasm to give Congress more power in the government for the laws in which set taxes for certain states. According to Document A, in the Articles of Confederation, Congress was technically above state governments making many people unhappy that political control was returned back to a distant form of ruling. In the end one no honestly knew what the true powers and rights the state governments and Congress …show more content…
Nevertheless, the government grabbed a hold of the new gained territory commonly known as “Old Northwestern” under the Land Ordinance of 1758 to help pay off the national debt. However, as shown in Document E, states lying on the Atlantic coast or “landlocked” such as Vermont, Maryland, Rhode Island had no chance of paying off their debt like Georgia, the Carolinas, and New York that just expanded their borders for the western claims. Congress did not have the power to tax individual states through the Articles of Confederation, leaving it to ask the wealthy inhabitants of landlocked states to graciously give to the debt of the state. Thus, the Articles failed to raise money through taxation or tariff and caused Congress to eventually take money from commercially inclined states. The Articles did not provide for any uniform system of currency. Alarmed by the uprising of Shay’s Rebellion by farmers and former veterans protesting to lighten taxes, issue paper money, and suspend property takeovers, Massachusetts authorities slowed gathered up a small army to put out the rebellion. This event came as a shock but affirmed to the Congress and state authorities that the citizens were unhappy with the government at hand. Document B touched on the subject of the limited commerce income for America would not be able to support the growing population. The Articles would eventually lead to bankruptcy. Good thing a

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