Hamilton Confederation Flaws

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America, the newborn republic, was very weak under the Articles of Confederation. Many problems arose because power was given to the thirteen states. Some of these problems were that each state had its own currency, there needed to be a unanimous approval of the states to levy tariffs, and an “army” of farmers rebelled. These problems elicited the instability of the American government under the Articles of Confederation. They also showed the need for a stronger central government. The first secretary of treasury, Alexander Hamilton, a financial genius, rectified the weaknesses and economic mistakes of the Articles of Confederation. Hamilton created a financial program that included a consolidation of debts, full payment of domestic…show more content…
By doing this, the wealthy would in turn, offer their money and support. The federal government would thrive, the social classes would be successful, and success would fall down onto the people. Hamilton’s first goal was to strengthen the national credit, and then only would the people trust in the government. This had to be achieved by consolidating the debts acquired by the states during the war, and turning it into one, national debt. Hamilton’s proposal was met with bitter opposition. States that were hampered by heavy debts, such as Massachusetts were in favor of Hamilton’s proposition but the states with the small debts were not as delighted. So Alexander Hamilton found a way to make both sides happy, by moving the nation’s capitol to the District of Columbia, in…show more content…
Hamilton’s initial answer to this question was a protective tariff to raise funds. This was a tax on foreign goods to protect U.S. industries. Hamilton wanted the tariffs on manufactured goods to increase, which would discourage importation and encourage manufacturing in the U.S. But Hamilton sought more revenue in addition to the protective tariff. So Congress stated an excise tax on domestic items, one of which was whiskey. This tax greatly affected the farmers because this was their most profitable item. Frontiersmen argued that the whiskey tax was a part of Hamilton’s plot to hurt the poor. So vigilantes in Pennsylvania organized to terrorize officers and taxpayers. This rebellion was quickly put down by the government. This incident clearly illustrated the strength of the new constitutional government in contrast to the Articles of
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