The Articles Of Confederation And The Treaty Of Paris

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From 1781 to 1789, the newly created United States of America put its trust in the Articles of Confederation to adequately govern itself in times of war and distress. The Articles of Confederation was the United States’ first attempt at a guideline for creating an effective federal government. It was efficient in holding the new country together during the Revolutionary War and managed to help the country attend to pressing foreign and economic problems right after the war. Although the Articles helped bring about momentous and significant change in one decade, it was not the suitable framework for the federal government to effectively govern the new country over a long period of time. The Articles of Confederation provided a decent initial transition of the new country from a multitude of British colonies into a unified landmass of American citizens during the 1780s. It was drafted by John Dickinson, a statesman from Pennsylvania, who was also known for writing the “Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania”. The greatest achievement of the Articles was winning the Revolutionary War and negotiating the Treaty of Paris. Without such achievements, the United States would still be under British control. Other notable achievements of the Articles include the Land Ordinance of 1785 and the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. These land acts helped provide for the peaceful and systematic admittance of new states from initial claims on land put forth by the original thirteen states into the
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