The Continental Congress controlled public affairs, but the Articles of Confederation neglected to grant the Congress power to enforce laws or unify the States. Under the Articles, the United States lacked a solid monetary system to ensure that taxes would be paid and to protect commerce, both nationally and foreign trade. Also, without leading national figure, the strong unity America gained during the Revolutionary War began to diminish along with the nations overall strength. Being that Congress had only the power to recommend actions to the states, the Articles were incompetent. Law and recommendations could not be further enforced by Congress.
Introduction When the idea of a Constitution was first introduced, it was not without dispute. “In 1786, a handful of Founding Fathers commenced to work out plans for the new government and to describe those plans in a draft Constitution” (Colorado State University-Global Campus, n.d.). This proved to be a delicate task, as many of the Founding Fathers still believed rule such as that upheld by Britain worked well, while others felt that British rule suppressed basic freedoms. “In the late 18th-century, rule by the people was thought to lead to disorder and disruption” (U.S. History, 2014). “Nowhere is the word "democracy" mentioned in the Declaration of Independence or the U.S. Constitution” (U.S. History, 2014) yet in todays society, the United Stated is considered a democracy.
Dana Majewski Due September 28, 2011 Mr. Klaff AP U.S In 1776, when the United States declared independence from Britain, the new country needed a set of laws to apply to all of the states to replace the earlier British rule. The colonists, however, were concerned that if the United States put too much power in the central government the states rights would vanish. Therefore, the first form of government, the Articles of Confederation, gave too much power to the states and insufficient power to the central government. States could create their own money and refuse federal taxes, which caused many tribulations and almost destroyed the new country. In 1787, delegates from twelve states came together to revise the Articles of Constitution to provide the citizens with a stronger central government.
This convention was to be held to fix the government and stop other occurrences, such as Shays' Rebellion, from ever happening again. When the Founding Fathers went to Philladelphia, they quickly decided that their gov... ... middle of paper ... ...ticles of Confederation was the first constitution of the United States. A few years later, the Founding Fathers found out that the Articles weren't working as they had in mind and they then went to Philladelphia to revise it. When they go there, there were many disagreements about slavery and representation. To stop these arguments, the Connecticut and the Three-fifths Compromise was made.
This was executed because the old government could not raise revenue to pay back debt or raise an army. Without an army, dissatisfied American land speculators could not get protection from native attacks on the west. Now, with the power to raise an army the government could prevent another “shay’s rebellion” and back itself up when negotiating treaties. In addition, the new government was given the right to control trade. Beforehand, congress could not regulate int... ... middle of paper ... ...getting the constitution ratified.
“What a triumph for the advocates of despotism to find that we are incapable of governing ourselves, and that systems founded on the basis of equal liberty are merely ideal and fallacious.” (George Washington Expresses Alarm 1786) He said this to the rebels who then stopped and the rebellion was crushed. After Shays rebellion collapsed, the government realized that they need a new constitution and to strengthen the Articles of Confederation. This was a long and hard decision on whether to give the people the right to voice their opinions or not. Mixed views on the subject were given so it was very difficult to come to a conclusion. Mr. Sherman of Connecticut “opposed the election by the people, insisting that it ought to be by the state legislatures.
For example, when Congress recommended an impost, or duty, on imported goods, the State of Rhode Island voted to reject the idea because they felt it was unfair and was against the constitution of the State (Document A). Defending the Articles is tough but not impossible. Even though Shays' Rebellion did not succeed, Congress did get to raise troops which, at the end were not needed (Document G). The Articles failed to provide a solid monetary system to ensure that taxes would be paid or to protect commerce. Congress had no way to collect taxes to pay off pre-war debts.
The Congress is not able to solve these economic problems in America due to The Articles of Confederation. First, Congress does not have the power to collect tax or to collect state debts. This made it hard for Congress to get money from the states to pay France. Second, any changes to the amendments to the Articles must be approved by all thirteen states. This makes changing an amendment nearly impossible, unless the change benefits e... ... middle of paper ... ...th, Congress can only ask for volunteers, but states are reluctant to send them.
Democratic and Undemocratic Aspects of the Constitutional Convention The Articles of Confederation was the first government of the United States. The Articles had created a very weak national government. At the time the Articles were approved, they had served the will of the people. Americans had just fought a war to get freedom from a great national authority--King George III (Patterson 34). But after this government was put to use, it was evident that it was not going to keep peace between the states.
Any decision that is made, required 2/3 which is 9 of the 13 congressional votes, which makes it harder to make decision. Congress was limited with what it could do as a central government. They could declare war, conduct foreign affairs and make treaties, which are the requirements to be at war with England. The congress could coin money but it couldn’t collect taxes, only the states have the right to tax their own state. When the congress needed money to go to war with Britain, they have to ask the states for them, and the states will choose whether or not to give them, as the states are not obligated to give them.