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On November 15, 1777, the Continental Congress, after painstaking debate, passed the Articles of Confederation of the United States of America.

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Rachelle Harris Period 3-Byrnes October 2, 2002 DBQ #1- Articles of Confederation On November 15, 1777, the Continental Congress, after painstaking debate, passed the Articles of Confederation of the United States of America. The Articles became operative on March 1, 1781, when the last of the 13 states signed the document.1This new means of authority was meant to establish a new government which would take place of England's previous reign of tyranny as well as let the country prosper and be successful. These articles were in "control" from 1781-1789. There was, and has been, however, much deliberation over the legitimacy and effectiveness of these articles since then and during the time of reign. The articles had many shortcomings, and, as such, were not totally and completely effective. A government's job is primarily to please, help, and be fair to its entire people. "...It would be unequal in its operation..." said the Rhode Island Assembly of the Articles of Confederation on November 30, 1782 to Congress (Doc. ...read more.

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The other problem with the government at the time which involved trade is the following: From the years 1770 to 1792, the population of America nearly doubled. For the economy to be considered successful, the market value of United States exports to Great Britain should have almost doubled too. Instead, they went up by less than forty percent (Doc. B). This indicates that the nation was not doing very well economically under the Articles of Confederation because the income wasn't proportionate to the number of people. The Articles of Confederation had another major fault: many of the things which were in them violated the original state constitutions (Doc. A). A government cannot possibly hope to please its people when it defies the original ideals of those people. If a government does this, it is not pleasing its people by any means, and therefore is definitely not proving itself to be effective. Also, in Document C by Joseph Jones, it says the army was not content during this time. ...read more.

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G) is enough, by itself, to make one question the effectiveness of the government. John Jay says himself that through the Articles, they are doing wrong, and that people are beginning to loose confidence in their rulers. If a government's people question the sovereigns, they will not respect or follow that government and, in doing so, they unknowingly label the government as ineffective. The last, and perhaps most important, issue which proves that the Articles of Confederation did not provide the United States with an effective government is the simple fact that fairly soon after the Articles came into operation, they were shot down and immediately replaced by the Constitution. The Constitution has effectively headed a government since then. The effectiveness of a government is a very important matter. Without an effective government, anarchy will prevail, which is good for no one. The Articles of Confederation were, without a doubt, written with only the best of intentions to form a new empire. However, the need for a strong form of central government prevailed, and the inadequacy of the Articles proved themselves to be ineffective. 1 http://www.askjeeves.com/main/followup.asp?aj_ques=snapshot%3DJeeves%26kbid%3D1958%26item1%3D1954-13916&aj_logid=1078094E74D6E1419A9A64651B1DFA8F&aj_rank=2&aj_score=3.6&aj_list1=1954-13916&back=ask%3Darticles%2Bof%2Bconfederation%26o%3D0&en=ka&qid=99FFC68CF96760458B66A94B95DE4053&frames=1&adcat=&ac=&ask=articles+of+confederation ...read more.

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