“From 1781 To 1789 The Articles Of Confederation p

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“From 1781 to 1789 the Articles of Confederation provided the United States with an effective government” Using the documents and your knowledge of the period, evaluate this statement. From 1781 to 1789 the Articles of Confederation failed to provide the United States with an effective government. Proper governments should have the ability to have a certain amount of power over its people, under the Articles; the government could not regulate trade, tax or enforce most laws on its people. The states were given the task that the national government should have been given. Among its many weaknesses were the single branch of government, unicameral, and the inability of congress to tax or declare war. During the 1780s, the United States witnessed several acquisitive, individual states expand their borders. According to a map of western lands ceded by the states, each state claimed new lands on their own, but with little regard to boundaries of other states. During the unicameral government provided by the Articles of Confederation, there was simply Congress, the legislative branch which had very limited powers were clearly insufficient to control a nation. This controversy resulted in massive disputes over boundaries between states, and these arguments were not easily resolved at all, due to the lack of a judicial or an executive branch in the Articles of Confederation. Without a central judicial court to work out national quarrels and determine the boundaries of a state, the central government that consisted solely on Congress, could only plead that states make compromises about their western claims. Unsurprisingly, the suggestions of Congress did little to persuade the states to give up their important lands. John Jay summed up the inefficiency of this system of begging provided by the Articles of Confederation in a letter to George Washington in1786 where he
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