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The Articles of Confederation: The Good, The Bad, And Shay's
Transcript of The Articles of Confederation: The Good, The Bad, And Shay's
Lack of Power and Money
Because of the unbalanced powers in the government and states the federal government didn't have the power to collect taxes from the states. The country didn't have enough money to run properly because the only way to get money was from collecting taxes. The Articles of Confederation gave the national government so little power that they could ask for money, but since it was an option for the states, they usually declined. This drove the country into debt.
When the colonists split from England they required a plan for government. They decided to create the Articles of Confederation, a constitution that gave little power to the federal government and a large amount to the individual states. This created weaknesses in the U.S.A.
Rules Too Rigid
Congress couldn't pass laws without the approval of 9 states
The Articles couldn't be changed without consent of all 13 states
Lack of Central Power
With the Articles, no national court systems existed. When there was a case that wasn't solve on the state level there was no where else to go. This caused problems.
Since the Articles prevented a national government with strength, no single party or leader decided things. It was hard to pass laws and even harder to pass amendments because every state had to agree.
Even though the Articles had many weaknesses, the Articles still had its positives. It passed some good plans, ordinances, and laws that helped the U.S.A.
By: Daniella Sbordone, Woody Dezius, & Kelvin Nguyen
Ordinance of 1785
- This ordinance set up a plan for surveying western land
This ordinance set up a government for this new area called the Northwest Territory
Since the federal government couldn't get enough money from the states the states eventually didn't have enough money either. The states raised their taxes so high that the farmers couldn't pay tthem. This caused the farmers to get arrested and lose their farms. Daniel Shay believed this to be unfair and started a rebellion. The rebellion grew until the state couldn't handle them and had to use the military. This helped the country realize that the Articles weren't a good enough plan wih major problems.