Articles of Confederation DBQ
Articles of confederation created in 1776, was the first constitution of the United States of America. The Articles of Confederation had served as the agreement between the thirteen sovereign states and was ratified by 1777. The Articles had served as the start of a new government that had brought many benefits and prosperity to the country. Even with a strong state government, when faced with foreign and issues on a national level, the Articles lacked a strong central government. From 1781-1787 the articles started debilitating, even with all the gains that it had as a government. Articles of confederation gave the US a stable start for a certain period of time, until it faced a national conflict. In a letter from the Rhode Island Assembly to the Congress it is mentioned that the, States are being taxed differently based on their imported goods, and expenditure because of other states [Document A]. Commercial states such as Rhode Island itself, was taxed more than the other states. The Rhode Island Assembly was deeming this unequal taxation unfair. Also, they were saying they are not accountable for the other states and it was unjust for the government to place an extended tax on them. This expenditure of taxes on other state because of one states debt might have help diminish national debt, but because of the lack of coherence between people or lack of nationalism between people due to the lack of Central power might have enraged people, because of their excessive payment of taxes which was unnecessary for them. By the passing years, the population of the US was increasing but the estimated market value of US taxes on exports to Great Britain was fluctuating mostly for the worse. [Document B] In the chart it is portrayed compared to the population the value of exports was well from 1770-1775, because it was mostly increased. When counted in thousands, by the next decade, the Market value of US export in...
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