The American War Of Independence

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Following the American War of Independence, a young nation began to form. Along with changing social practices, new political institutions formed shaping the direction of the nation. Despite differing views on the direction of the new nation, majority of Americans agreed that some form of government needed to be established due to lack of income, expansion and foreign policy issues, and fear of future conflicts. After the war, the new government, on the federal level, did not have the right to tax citizens. The issue with this, however, was that money was needed in order to pay off both international and national debts. A failed delivery of pensions to soldiers in the Continental Army led to anger among soldiers. As a result, a plot called the Newburgh Conspiracy took place in order to increase Congress’ power of taxation in order to pay for the pensions. Established in the soon to be written United States Constitution allowed the Congress to tax citizens on a national level to help pay for government sponsored goods and services, along with other powers. The original Articles of Confederation gave Congress the power to negotiate foreign policy, including with Native Americans. In one incident, however, New York’s governor took advantage of the vague wording to allow himself to be the negotiator between the Iroquois. Noticing the unsuccessful divide between the American people, the Mohawk leader and six hundred Iroquois met with commissioners and signed a treaty, the Treaty of Fort Stanwix, that established the American Confederation, rather than the states, had the right to negotiate with Indians. The aftermath of this incident shed light on the current situation in regards to foreign policy in America which is later addresse... ... middle of paper ... ...r individuals to be protected from a government that would use its powers for malpractices. These amendments, along with others that were and were not ratified helped sway the Antifederalists to ratify the Constitution that we still have around today governing our nation (Amendments to the Constitution). Ratification of the Constitution was not an easy process. When the original Articles of Confederation proved to be unsuccessful in the new nation after the Revolution and people began to act out against it, change was on the horizon. Because of some of the malicious revolts and uprisings that occurred leading up to the Constitutional Convention, authors of the Constitution were influenced and inspired to create a governing set of laws and regulations that would allow the young nation to prosper and allow ease to sweep over the nation at the beginning of a new age.
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