Why The Articles Of Confederation Failed Essay

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Q#1: Why the Articles of Confederation Failed
The Articles of Confederation were the first attempt at a government structure to unify the states, which at that point in time was only thirteen. One of the reasons for the construction of the Articles was to show the world that America was a respectable independent nation. While the Articles were in use, weaknesses would appear that would ultimately fail to govern America which included, a weak national government, overpowered state governments, and trade/ economic problems. After eight years of the Articles of Confederation being in effect, delegates from the thirteen states realized it was time to fix the Articles and rewrite them into what is known as the U.S Constitution.
Newly independent America had a fear of a strong powerful government because they didn’t want theirs to emulate the monarchy of England*. As a result, America made the national government weaker than it should have been. According to the Articles of Confederation, “The United States in Congress assembled, shall have the sole and exclusive right and power of determining on peace and war.”* Congress could declare war, but it could not raise an army. An instance of this occurred in 1784 when the British violated American fishing rights. The British Royal Navy tried to influence American sailors into forced enrollment in their own Navy*. Congress could not fight back due to the inability to raise an army against Britain. Another example of America’s weak…

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