US History I Honors
Between 1781 and 1789 the United States used the Articles of
Confederation as a guide to governing the country. Due to fear of a powerful monarchy like the one they had experienced in England the colonies were wary of allowing a central government certain powers.
These certain powers included control of commerce, and the ability to tax.
While the Articles provided a confederation to unify the new country, the
Articles were only a temporary solution due to the weakness in several areas.
Even though the Articles of Confederation was the first established government to run the United States, it failed to be effective.
A major weakness of the Articles of Confederation was its inability to deal with the economic crisis facing the new nation. The American …show more content…
They also stated that Congress would become independent of their constitutes (Document A). In addition, the Articles of
Confederation did not grant the central government the power to regulate taxes. Instead taxation was left to the individual states. Under The Articles of Confederation the government could not levy taxes which added to a huge economic problem.
It became clear that the limitations of the Articles of Confederation were crippling the development of the new country. Different leaders, such as John Jay and Alexander Hamilton impressioned it to be a necessity of revising the Articles of Confederation (Document G).
Colonists were fearful of the changes that adoption of the new
Constitution would bring (Document H). Colonists fear a strong central
government would take away individual freedoms and rights. However, the Articles of Confederation had provided America with an ineffective form of government. Eventually, the Constitutional Convention to revise the Articles of Confederation ended up resulting in the overthrow of the
Articles and the writing of the Constitution.
Congresses two greatest weaknesses were that it had no power