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Running head: THE NEW NATION AND AN EMPIRE FOR LIBERTY 1 The New Nation and an Empire for Liberty Name Institution
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THE NEW NATION AND AN EMPIRE FOR LIBERTY 2 The New Nation and an Empire for Liberty The Structure of the Articles of Confederation The Articles of Confederation is often viewed as the first constitution that paved the way for the modern United States’ constitution. These Articles outlined how the federal government was to be managed and run and resolved to have the United States as the formal name of the new country (Washington & Army, 2014). There were thirteen clauses that were formally endorsed in November 1777 and resolved that the confederations be referred to as the United States of America. The Articles enshrined that each state to retain its freedom, sovereignty, authority, right and self-government but connected with other states due to common interests, protection and safety. States were mandated to maintain or strengthen their relationships in attempts to achieve mutual and general interests favoring the confederations. Each state was empowered to influence the assembly in the union, which would ensure that all states are equally and sufficiently represented at the national level (Cogliano, 2016). The Article of Confederations was divided into thirteen articles, which largely explored the style of the country, the rights of each state and the mutual defense strategy. This was aimed at ensuring that the confederations were in a position to steer the country’s economy into prosperity and prevent potential attacks from other nations. Strength and Weaknesses Nonetheless, there were several strengths and weaknesses associated with the Articles of Confederation. One of the most significant strengths attributed to the Articles of Confederation was the ability to successfully sign the 1778 treaty with France. The union of the confederation had a higher bargaining power to coerce the British colonialist and the French governments into securing better independence deals as the Revolutionary war was coming to an end (Heideking,
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THE NEW NATION AND AN EMPIRE FOR LIBERTY 3 2017). The US government was also able to successfully negotiate an end of the American Revolution in the 1783 Treaty in Paris. The Articles of Confederation paved the way for the modern United States of America as a nation, giving it formidable economic, military, and administration prowess. On the other hand, the federal government has no power over making money and each state had to develop its own currency. The Congress was unable to implement taxes or regulate interstate and foreign commerce, to an extent of some states refusing to pay for the goods purchased abroad (Washington & Army, 2014). There was no executive branch to
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