In 1776, America received their independence. American then needed to create a legal basis for a permanent union of the states. In November 1777, the articles of confederation was formed.
The articles of confederation set up as a government that consisted of one house body of delegates, with each state a single vote who, acting collectively, could make decision on certain issues that affected all the states. Any decision that is made, required 2/3 which is 9 of the 13 congressional votes, which makes it harder to make decision. Congress was limited with what it could do as a central government. They could declare war, conduct foreign affairs and make treaties, which are the requirements to be at war with England. The congress could coin money but it couldn’t collect taxes, only the states have the right to tax their own state. When the congress needed money to go to war with Britain, they have to ask the states for them, and the states will choose whether or not to give them, as the states are not obligated to give them.
The articles could be amended but that required a unanimous vote, so zero amendments were ever passed
The government or congress was really weak so it was useless in general. The article was loose as the Americans’ feared tyranny of the government because of passed experience with the government taxing the Americans and quartering soldiers in their house and so on.
The article accomplish one thing: they won the revolutionary war. The governor of each state send their military to the other states for service in the continental army but the government couldn’t pay for the feeding, clothing, and housing the army, the governor had no money and later didn’t think there was a need to pay the troops any longer.
The cause the government to have massive debt so their main income was from tariff but the government could not impose taxes, so the states did it individually. This eventually gave a bad effect on the trading business. The problem continued when farmers got angry which led to shays rebellion. This evidently prove that the articles of confederation was not strong enough to rule a country.
In 1786, the Annapolis Convention was the conference of state delegates at Annapolis, Maryland which was the first attempt to devise a uniform system of commercial regulation for the country. Unfortunately, only six state delegates came but they agreed to meet the following year in Philadelphia to revise the Articles of Confederation. In the constitutional convention in...