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I need help analyzing and assessing the effectiveness of the Articles of Confederation...

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jonasharth | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted September 27, 2011 at 10:59 AM via web

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I need help analyzing and assessing the effectiveness of the Articles of Confederation in dealing with national problems of the 1780s and 90s.

My prompt is analyze and assess the effectiveness of each of the following in dealing wih national problems from the 1780s to the 1790s: Articles of Confederation, the Washington Administration, John Adam's Administration

The only part that I need help on is analyzing the Articles of Confederation, which I am going to make my first body paragraph. I know that they were very ineffective ( except Land and Northwest Ordinance) in dealing with antional problems. I need help with the "analyze and assess the effectiveness" part of the prompt. I know what my paragraphs for Washington and Adams already so I dont need any input on that.

I was planning on making the first paragragh organized by having three details that support my point, and analyze/assess. Then I would give evidence for the details and analyze and connect the evidence.

So thanks to anyone who is willing to help!

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martinjmurphy | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted September 27, 2011 at 10:52 PM (Answer #1)

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The Articles of Confederation really failed to address the problems the U.S. faced in the 1780’s and 1790’s. The Articles of Confederation failed because they did not give Congress and the national government enough power.  The new United States just fought a war to end what they considered tyrannical rule of a strong government that overpowered local government and the leaders of the U.S. feared a powerful central government.  Because of this, they did not give the central government the power it needed to rule effectively.  It did not give Congress the power to tax, so the government ended up printing money which caused inflation. It did not give Congress the power to draft troops, so the U.S. military was small leaving the U.S. weak.  Congress did not have the power to control interstate commerce or stop states from printing their own money, causing economic chaos within the U.S. The Articles did not give Congress the power to place tariffs on foreign goods, hurting American businesses that could not compete with cheaper British goods. The U.S. government had no chief executive so there was no one to enforce the laws that were passed.  The list can go on. With the rebellion led by Daniel Shays in Massachusetts, the leaders of the U.S. realized the Articles were not working which led to the Constitutional Convention where the Articles were abandoned and the new U.S. Constitution was written, which addressed many of the problems found with the Articles.

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