AP U.S History DBQ Essay
1. "From 1781 to 1787 the Articles of Confederation provided the United States with an effective government." Using the documents and your knowledge of the period, evaluate this statement.
The Articles of Confederation did not provide a sound basis for a new developing country of the United States. The vague responsibilities of the Federal government did not allow it to regulate and govern its states as a result led to social, economic and political problems. Issues also involved confusion in trading and regulating taxation of the states as well as convincing state officials to participate in the government and settling conflicts between states and even other countries. The Articles of Confederation would continue to be the foundation of a then dysfunctional United States until the Constitution was adopted in 1789.
One of the problems of the United States under the Articles of Confederation was the government's grasp on the economic situation. After the Revolutionary War with Great Britain, the aftermath left the nation poor due to unpaid loans from creditors as well as the French. In Document C, Delegate Joseph Jones of Virginia writes to George Washington about the discontent of the solider who participated in the Revolutionary War and was not compensated for their contribution. This was because the Confederation left the government without the power to tax, and the states were supposed to donate money to the government and as a result the government had little to no revenue. In Document B showing the "Estimated Market Value of United States Exports to Great Britain" one can conclude that after the Revolution, there was a decrease in traded with Great Britain, which also hindered the economic situation of the United States under the Articles.
During the 1780's, the United States had a problem with individual states trying to expand their borders. In Document E, it shows several States clamming other land on...
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