The Recommendation Of Congress Under The Articles Of Confederation Dbq

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From 1781 until 1789 The Articles of Confederation provided the United States with an ineffective government. The most citizens were not in support of them. The Articles could not efficiently manage the country’s debt. Also, they did not establish good foreign relations. Lastly, under the Articles, a great deal of land was ceded. From 1781 to 1789 The Articles of Confederation gained little respect from the citizens of the United States. States freely rejected recommendations of Congress under the Articles: “I enclose their unanimous resolution [to reject] the recommendation of Congress, respecting an impost on imported goods &c. and to state some of [their] principal reasons…” (Document A) Also, a letter from John Jay to George Washington shows that many of the new nation’s leaders did not support the Articles: “I am uneasy and apprehensive; more so than during the war… we are going and doing wrong, and therefore I look forward to evils and calamities, but without being able to guess at the…show more content…
In Document C, Joseph Jones writes to George Washington, the general at the time, about the soldiers’ unhappiness: “One ground of discontent in the army, and on which they found the opinion that justice is not intended to be done to them, is the delay in complying with their requests [for bonus and back pay].” Jones states that the soldiers were upset, because they have yet to be paid for their service in the Revolutionary War. If Congress was able to tax the states, the soldiers would have be paid already, but under the Articles of Confederation, Congress was not able to do so. When the Congress recommended taxes to states, the recommendations were often rejected, because they were unfair: “It would be unequal in its operation, bearing hardest on the most commercial states…” (Document A) As a result of the inability of the country to efficiently take in money, the debts
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