Decades of Salutary Neglect provided fertile soil for the roots of independence, which eventually led to the American Revolution. A constitution for the new emerging nation called the Articles of Confederation was drafted shortly before the declaring of independence in 1776. Through extraordinary chance, the American colonists managed to secure an alliance with France and defeat the British. The Treaty of Paris of 1783 was formed, which recognized the United States as an independent nation. Now the nation was governed under the Articles of Confederation. Fear of British rule led to the inclusion of certain ideas during the drafting of the Articles of Confederation, which provided a reasonable and workable transition from the unitary system of British rule to the federal system established under the Constitution by providing a stepping stone for the drafting of the Constitution and creating the need for a rebuttal of the problems formed by Articles of Confederation.
The fear of British rule led to the formation of a government under the Articles of Confederation that held differences with the British government. The Stamp Act, Sugar Act, and Townshend Acts imposed taxes on the colonists without representation, and colonists feared the loss of the right to practice self-taxation through representation. This caused the government under the Articles to have no power to levy taxes or regulate commerce. The Sugar Act put smugglers on trial in Vice-Admiralty courts where they would not be judged by their peers. The Articles denied the national government a court system. Thomas Paine’s Common Sense suggested that the king was at fault for their grievances. Unsurprisingly, the Articles of Confederation only created a legislative branch. The passing of the Quebec Act, which did not provide the French with the right to trial by jury, gave colonists the idea that the government was restricting natural rights and liberties. Parliament was bicameral and thus Congress under...
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