2.2HIS113 - In the decade that followed the American...

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In the decade that followed the American Revolution, the colonies looked toward creating a unified central government. They knew that they wanted to rule themselves, but what was the most effective way to govern the whole and preserve the states’ rights. After much debate, the Articles of Confederation were drafted in 1776-77 and became the working constitution for the colonies, although they was not ratified until 1781. The Articles of Confederation were the precursor of the current Constitution of the United States. All thirteen states approved the Articles of Confederation, but not without a lot of persuasion by the federalists. The Articles served as the way to keep the states unified. Many states and people did not want a strong central government, thus the Articles of Confederation were very weak. This served as a stepping stone in modeling the United States Constitution and helped in stabilizing the government. There were more failures than successes for the Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation provided effective management of expansion for the United States and created an admission process for new states. Another successful point was allowing equal votes in Congress for each state and the ruling that most decisions be decided by majority vote. It also gave Congress ample control over guidance of the country. When looking at the Articles of Confederation as an effective government, they did not meet the requirement for an efficient government. Most people look for the following characteristics to comprise an efficient government: the power to tax and use taxes, the ability to regulate trade, and the ability to unite its sections under one power. Although there were some strong steps taken in the articles to try and make the United States a
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2.2HIS113 - In the decade that followed the American...

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