The Articles Of The Constitution

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Throughout America’s history, the very confederation of her people has been weak and even suffered near-fatal blows, and yet that nation still stands today. However, the very backbone of the democracy which so many revere, the Constitution, was once abhorred and feared as a much stronger government than such a democracy should allow. The government, at the time, was inept and subject to the rule of each near-independent state, not able to tax without begging, nor able to regulate the quickening and worsening conflicts in trade and monetary production between those states. Taking into account these ineptitudes, compounded by the foreign intrusions which peppered the eighteenth century, the Articles of Confederation was not only an …show more content…

At every turn, the states stymied the government, harming it more and more. Further telling of the inability of the Articles was the internal struggles not only within the USA, but within her own government. John Jay was an influential statesman of his time, and the delegate to Spain as well, but many know him for that which he is most famous: Jay’s Treaty. During the eighteenth century, Britain and the United States maintained a tenuous relationship as naval skirmishes and impressment of American sailors continued. The US could not stand any more, and so the delegation to England was ordered to, “in a respectful but firm manner insist that the United States be put, without further delay, into possession of all the posts and territories within their limits, … [and] represent to the British Ministry the strong and necessary tendency of their restrictions on our trade to incapacitate our merchants.” (Document D) However, Alexander Hamilton, a Federalist just as Jay, traveled to Britain

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