Articles of confederation

argumentative Essay
533 words
533 words

Articles of Confederation vs. Constitution The Articles of Confederation and the Constitution, although vastly different in their philosophies of governing the nation, both played a big role in setting the stage for America’s economy in the upcoming nineteenth century. A few years after the Articles of Confederation were drafted many politicians and economists, such as Alexander Hamilton, began to see problems with the decentralized form of government that was created by this document. These advocates of a more centralized government were referred to as federalists, and although they were not in favor of a dictatorship, like that of England’s, they saw the need for a central governing system to reside over the individual states. In the Federalists’ opinion some of the detrimental consequences of the confederate system were the lack of an organized treasury, military or government system. Furthermore, the nation suffered from poor commerce; a result of insecure financial transactions, non-regulated interstate trade, and poorly enforced tax laws. They believed that instead of ridding the country of oppression by a superior government, the Articles of Confederation creates conflict between the states and hinders economic prosperity. The emergence of these difficulties early in the life of our nation indicated, to those in favor of the constitution, the fundamental imperfections and the dire need for reform. Hamilton a...

In this essay, the author

  • Compares the articles of confederation and the constitution, which set the stage for america's economy in the nineteenth century.
  • Explains the federalists' view that the lack of an organized treasury, military or government system led to poor commerce, insecure financial transactions, and poorly enforced tax laws.
  • Argues that the anti-federalists, like virginia’s patrick henry, were harshly opposed to the doctrines of the constitution, which promoted a centralized government.
  • Explains that the articles of confederation was created because of young nations' distrust for a powerful centralized government. shay's rebellion exemplified the manifestation of the problems of this document.
  • Explains the importance of the articles of confederation and the federal reserve system in the 19th century.
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