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The Articles of Confederation from the period 1781 till 1789 - American Government

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The Articles of Confederation from the period 1781 till 1789 would be a period least effective of a government according to the fully oppositional Constitution that came right after the articles. The effectiveness of a government contains the factors such as economy, political, and foreign policy. Based on these, one could base a government as being worthwhile effective or an absolute mishap of such. Based on factual history, the economy of the states, under the articles of confederation, was brought down based on their lack of taxation & control of trade, and its debts. Without a united power the states themselves had to deal with exporting and the importing goods. The estimated market value of the states' exports during the time period of the articles could be compared to the population growth that continued to grow while their income on exports hindered. ...read more.

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These examples of general problems during the articles also tended to create disasters on lower scales throughout the then weak country. Also to aid in judging between effectiveness would be its political organization at the time of the writing of the articles. The Constitution included the two missing branches during the articles, the executive and judicial, differences that contributed to the disaster, one power to create a "check and balance" government and the power to create laws for the country. Another problem, which would be abolished by the executive branch, happens to be the passing of changes in the government through unanimous voting making the changes almost impossible. Lastly, foreign affairs, one of the first main reasons of building a temporary government to affiliate with the French, would help shape a government in ways that would help or hinder a country. ...read more.

Conclusion

Its weak military control or even if any, from the states would also seem inadequate to possible allies. In conclusion, the ineffectiveness of the articles of confederation during the period of the 1780's could be proven so by evaluation of its economical, political, and foreign policy standards. Politically, the missing branches created separate sets of powers in all the states. The power lost in the lack of branches, economically, gave the country no money to pay for debts, but continued to raise the debts through internal military and similar jobs the country utilized. The negotiation with Spain, resulting in not allowing use of the Mississippi river proved that it and other nations had no respect and did not have the will to help the divided country. In a report of Lowndes' speech, he mentioned of not just fixing the articles, but about building another whole different government even before the Constitution was developed. AP US History DBQ John Pham ...read more.

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