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Background of the Articles of Confederation 📃

  • Within the new nation there was a need for organization.
  • The American people feared a national government due to troubles with the British Monarchy, so there was a struggle to determine how much power should be given away. 
  • The 13 colonies needed to find common ground in order to be prosperous. 

Reasons Why the Articles Failed 🚫

Amendments needed to have an unanimous vote.  

  • The combination of these factors made it impossible to be able to run a successful new nation. Each colony viewed their needs to be more important than the common good of the nation. 
  • There was no power to enforce laws
  • No judicial branch or national courts
  • Amendments needed to have a unanimous vote 

The combination of these factors made it impossible to be able to run a successful new nation. Each colony viewed their needs to be more important than the common good of the nation. 

Downfall of the Articles of Confederation: Shays' Rebellion ⬇️

  • A group of Massachusetts farmers  were outraged by the increased efforts by the state government to collect taxes. 
  • They performed a series of violent attacks on government properties. 
  • The national government was unable to extinguish the rebellion. 
  • This proved that the Articles did not have the power needed to run the country successfully. 

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