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Articles Of Confederation 4

analytical Essay
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After the Revolutionary War, the United States government was in a state of frenzied disillusion. In an attempt to solve the problem of a lack of a functioning government, the Articles of Confederation were formed. Often times called the “Articles of Confusion';, the Articles of Confederation paved the way to our modern system of government. Out of the unreliable and unstable Articles, the Constitution was formed. Though the Articles instilled a seemingly well functioning governmental establishment, the Articles were far from a flawless governing mechanism. In the early days of the new British-free America there was a great fear of the new system of government being of the same mold of their former, a monarchy, or even a dictatorship. There was one group of revolutionaries that supported a monarchy being formed. This faction was a section of the Continental Army called the Society of the Cincinnati. They urged the rise of George Washington, a veteran colonial general, as the country’s new king, but Washington refused. In an effort to subside the uproar of the common folk, and to prevent eventual isolation of sovereignty of national affairs unto one person, the Articles granted each state exclusive governing powers over it’s own political matters. By doing this, the Articles prevented the new-formed states from revolting against their own government, and they also gave the states absolute control over their own local and regional matters and political conflicts. In an effort to create a greater sense of unity and national pride in the States, the Articles forced most states with western land claims to forfeit their claims to the federal government, so that the smaller, less populated states would join the union . This did not make any of the states with western territorial expansion content. They felt that the government was starting to take too much authoritative control. With this in mind, the representatives in congress made the promise that when specified parcels of the lands had a population of sixty thousand or more, they would be eligible for statehood. The requirements that were used for birth into the union are the same that are used today. This helped to suffice the desire to extinguish the current government, and contributed to a greater feeling of pride and unification amongst the states. A piece of the Articles that was very popular with most of the public was the inability of the government, or congress, to enforce taxes on the general public, or individual states.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the articles of confederation paved the way to our modern system of government.
  • Explains that in the early days of british-free america, there was a great fear of the new system of government being the same mold of their former. they urged the rise of george washington as the country's new king but washington refused.
  • Explains that the articles granted each state exclusive governing powers over it’s own political matters, preventing the new-formed states from revolting against their own government.
  • Explains that the articles forced western states to forfeit their land claims to the federal government so that smaller, less populated states would join the union.
  • Explains that the requirements used for birth into the union are the same that are used today. this helped to suffice the desire to extinguish the current government, and contributed to a greater feeling of pride and unification amongst the states.
  • Opines that the inability of the government, or congress, to enforce taxes on the general public or individual states was popular with the masses, but it rendered the central government scraping and begging for tax revenues.
  • Analyzes how the entire population's sympathy in money led to a weak governing body, but it still pleased the general public, and seemed fair and correct.
  • Explains that the united states postal service provided the people of america with a quick and reliable way to transfer information, but it still wasn't sufficient.
  • Explains that the colonies had a stable and reliable governmental force before and during the revolutionary war, but the articles failed to reinstate that same feeling of structure throughout states, leaving the common folk uncertain of their new freedom and liberties.
  • Opines that the most significant downfall to the articles was the inability of the congress to enforce taxes upon the public.
  • Explains that congress couldn't afford to pay the continental army, which led to a breakdown in morale and weakening of defense forces.
  • Explains how the lack of tax collections led to congress' inability to enforce trade and trade ethics. britain shipped its surplus of goods to the states, and sold them for the cheapest price.
  • Analyzes how war debts hurt the growth of american exports to britain and seriously hampered the economic growth. this resulted in another financial loss for the united states.
  • Explains that the articles of confederation was a hastily written document made with the goal of setting up an empire that would totally please the people and that could be easily put into effect as soon as possible.
  • Explains that there were loopholes in the articles that needed to be fixed, and the constitution was put into effect.
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