The Articles Gone Un Confederated
What if the USA had not replaced the Articles of Confederation?
SUMMARY: Created November 15th 1777 and ratified on March 1st 1781, the Articles of Confederation served as the United States first “real” constitution. This document stated that “the states remained sovereign and independent, with Congress serving as the last resort on appeal of disputes” along with making treaties, coining money and managing the military (“History”). Another issue presented with the articles was that size of the population per state didn’t matter, each state got one vote only. The US quickly realized that this was a huge problem, especially because the central government lacked power; they couldn 't even collect taxes. Therefore …show more content…
This amendment declared that “"right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude’” , in other words it gave African American men the right to vote (“15th Amendment”). It is crucial to note here that this Amendment did NOT give women the right to vote, as it left out voting in regards to genders other than male.
CAUSE: The cause for this Amendment was the abolition of slavery. After suffering for years in this country they deserved to have a say in how they would be treated in the future. Therefore they were granted this right to vote despite the fact there were still plenty of Americans who were highly against this Amendment being passed.
EFFECT: The impact this Amendment had on the nation would not be seen until over a century later when the country was grown enough to accept the fact that African Americans are citizens and that they are worthy of voting. When the Amendment was first ratified, there was a violent reaction from some Americans. They would begin to go as far as killing blacks just because they now had the right to …show more content…
Initially there would be an earlier rise and then increase of feminist organizations to protect these women and ensure their votes matter and that their voices are heard. With this happening sooner, America today would most likely be a less hostile environment because they will have gotten all the anger and hatred out sooner. Another long term impact would be the bond between individuals in America. Because African Americans and women were both given the right to vote at the same time, they would combine together and speak out against mistreatment and outnumber the white men against