The Articles Of Confederation And The Constitution

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It all started after the Declaration of Independence during the time America was busy fighting the Revolutionary War, when Congress realized that they needed to form a plan to move forward and unite the thirteen states as a nation. It was then when Continental Congress met up in Pennsylvania and created a secured a document known as the Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation was written on November 15, 1777, and ratified by all thirteen states on March 1, 1781. When the Articles of Confederation were written it had many goals in mind to set and preserve the country with all its freedoms, keeping America an independent nation. Since the states were coming from Great Britain, a country where they weren 't represented by…show more content…
It was all because the national government couldn’t enforce anything and just had to do what was requested of them with the little material they were given. To see the mess that the Articles of Confederation brought to the country, I 'll give an example. The state government would enforce the national government to print money during the revolutionary war to meet the demands of the war. But due to the debt that the United States were in during the Revolutionary War, the overprinting of money had no money value to back it up, which therefore made it worthless by the time the end of the war rolled around. While the national government asked for the state governments to raise their taxes to recover from the war and bring the currency up to be worth something, the national government wasn 't allowed to tax the states and were only able to request that each state pays their fair share. But by the national government not being able to enforce the taxes to be paid by the states is what led to horrible inflation. Because the states didn 't want to pay taxes and thought that they could do without a national currency, they each created their own currency which too added to the inflation. Inflation was something that occurred with the currency when the value of the money was decreased, which later on led to the increase of prices, which meant that you needed more money to be able to buy something. When each state started printing their own money they ran into issues and
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