To What Extent Are The Articles Of Confederation Effective

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The Articles of Confederation, ratified by all thirteen states on March 1, 1781, did not provide the United States with an effective government. In order to determine exactly how ineffective this government was, we need to look deeper into the economic, political, and ideological aspects that the Articles of Confederation presented at that time. Economically, the Articles of Confederation left Congress with no power to regulate commerce, which resulted in the states being able to establish laws regarding tariffs and navigation laws. Politically, the Articles of Confederation left the United States with a weak central government, and no executive branch. Ideologically, the Articles of Confederation was an attempt to bridge the trust between the people and the national government. Thus, the Articles of Confederation did, to a great extent, not make an effective government in the United States. Economically, the Articles of Confederation left Congress with no power over commerce, and gave the state's control over establishing laws regarding tariffs and navigation laws. The Congress could also not enforce its tax collection program, therefore the states never met their quota. Because of this, it would take longer for the new nation to …show more content…
There were many events that happened because of the Articles of Confederation, as are present in the previous paragraphs. Economically, the Articles of Confederation left the Congress with no power of commerce, which lead to the states creating laws regarding tariffs and navigation. Politically, the Article of Confederation created the ideal government body at the time, which was a very weak central government. Ideologically, the Article of Confederation attempted to bridge a gap between the American people and centralized government. But, all of these events were at least stepping stones to the present

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