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The Articles of Confederation Essay

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The Articles of Confederation Independence from Britain made necessary the establishment of a new government. Eleven states drew up new constitutions; Connecticut and Rhode
Island revised colonial charters. The Articles of Confederation created a loose union of near-sovereign states. The Confederation was inadequate and was failing in the structure of government. They also were in deep trouble, financially and economically. The Articles of Confederation probably achieved its most important success in the handling of west diplomatic and financial concerns. In evaluting post-American Revolutionary War, overall the Articles of
Confederation did not provide the United States with an effective government due to the lack of
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Because all 13 states had to agree, the proposal was thrown out and was not inforced. Morris and Alexander Hamilton devised a dangerous plot called the
Newburgh Conspiracy in order to relieve the panic. In 1783, (Doc C) the two men secretly persuaded some army officers to threaten a coupd'etat unless the treasury obtained the taxation authority needed to raise their pay. A letter from
Delegate Joseph Jones to George Washington suggests the immediate pay to the soilder by enforcing tariffs and taxation. George Washington blocked this threatened military coup aimed at strengthening the central government and guaranteeing back pay and pensions to officers as the war came close. These events proved the Confederation was weak and unable to control financial problems. Diplomatic problems multiplied after the war. Congress was unable to comply states to repay prewar debts to British citizens and allow Loyalists to recover confiscated property. European governments closed off nearly all
American trade with the colonies. According to statistics of exports and population(Doc. B), after the Declaration of Independence, the profit of exports to Britain steadily declined. This shows that the export trade to Britain was declining. Britain took away the rights of the United States to trade with the
British colonies, yet Britain goods were still flooding in the United States.This, in
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