What role did the Articles of Confederation play in the development of the American government? How did it impact the American government in the short term? (How did it affect the new nation? Were...

What role did the Articles of Confederation play in the development of the American government? How did it impact the American government in the short term? (How did it affect the new nation? Were there any debates regarding the Articles of Confederation?) How did it impact the American government in the long term? (Explain how the Articles of Confederation impacts life today and give an example?)

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mkoren eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You have asked several questions in this post. I will answer the first question you asked.

The Articles of Confederation played a significant role in the development of the American government. The Articles of Confederation was our first plan of government. It created a weak federal government. This was deliberately done because we feared having a strong central government since we had just fought for our independence from Great Britain, which had a strong government. The federal government created by the Articles of Confederation wasn’t able to levy taxes, control trade, or require people to join the military. The weaknesses of this government quickly became clear. The federal government had financial problems, had trouble maintaining order, and had issues dealing with other countries. This led people to conclude that a new plan of government was needed.

Many people believed the new plan of government needed to have a federal government that had more power. There was a great deal of discussions about how much power the federal government should have. There was concern that individual liberties weren’t protected, so an agreement was made to add a Bill of Rights. The new federal government that was created did have more power. The federal government was able to levy taxes, make trade treaties, and control interstate trade. Many of these changes occurred because of the problems that existed when the Articles of Confederation was our plan of government. Our experiences during the time the Articles of Confederation was our plan of government impacted the creation of the plan of government we have today.

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