From 1781 to 1789 the Articles of Confederation

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From 1781 to 1789 the Articles of Confederation provided the United States with an effective government. In this time period, the newly formed country was at its weakest point due to the lack of successful that the Articles had. At first, the Articles seemed ideal for running the country but was later noticed that the Articles contained many weaknesses to benefit the country. Economically, the articles were a disaster. This is most evident in the document B on how the estimated market value of United States Export to Great Britain greatly decreased after the Articles of Confederation in 1781. This was due to the inability to regulate interstate commerce, which led to disputes between the states and the inability to regulate trade with foreign nations to protect American business. Another way that the Articles affected the American economy was due to the fact that it did not allow the government to levy or collect taxes. The Articles of Confederation often seemed contradictory and often confused the states. In Article II of the Articles of Confederation stated that every state will retain its sovereignty, essentially making it a separate country. That gave the states the ability to create alliances with other states and countries and even declare war on other states. The country was supposed to be coming together as a unified nation, but Article II stated that the states were they are own separate, individual ‘country’. In Article VI, the Articles of Confederation contradicted itself. In Article II, it stated that any state could make treaties and declare war on whomever they so desired, but in Article VI, it is stated that two or more states may not enter into an alliance without the consent of the United States Government. The two articles could easily confuse states, when they were supposed to be sovereign nations in amongst the country. The Articles of Confederation also gave power solely to Congress, to do whatever they pleased, but the United States of...
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