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Articles of Confederation. Miss Springborn Team 6- Social Studies. Major Problem: Who should have more power?. State Government or National Government?. verses. Why Would Americans Fear having a strong national government????. King George and the way he trampled their rights…. 1777:.

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articles of confederation

Articles of Confederation

Miss Springborn

Team 6- Social Studies

major problem who should have more power
Major Problem: Who should have more power?
  • State Government or National Government?


why would americans fear having a strong national government
Why Would Americans Fear having a strong national government????
  • King George and the way he trampled their rights…
  • Articles of Confederation are drafted
  • Fully ratified (approved) in 1781
  • Confederation-loose grouping of states joined together under one government
think about this
Think about this…
  • Why must a government be able to collect taxes???

pay debt



it said
It said…
  • States free and independent from each other
  • 9 of 13 states needed to agree to make decisions
  • Needed all states to make amendments to constitution
  • Created a weak central government
more issues to deal with
More issues to deal with…
  • Most power went to states
  • States had power over money, treaties, army, and declaring war
  • Congress could not tax or control trade
  • There was no Supreme Court and no President
1785 land ordinance
  • Set up a process to settle the new territories and create new states
  • When the population in an area reached 60,000 then the territory could apply for admissionto the union as a state
  • New states would be equal in power to the 13 original states.
more problems with the articles
More Problems with the Articles…
  • Debt (owing money to others)
    • America was heavily in debt from the war costs
    • It had no power to tax the people
    • Therefore…no power to collect money
    • States ignored request for money or taxes…didn’t want to help
problem 2 economy way you make trade and buy goods
Problem 2- Economy (way you make, trade, and buy goods)
  • There was a depression after the war with inflation (increase in prices of goods and services combined with reduced value of money)
  • Early attempts at the moneysystem were a disaster
problem 3 states fighting
Problem 3- States fighting…
  • Some states disagree about taxes and trade
problem 4 foreign problems
Problem 4- Foreign Problems
  • The British still held forts in the Northwest Territory
  • The British and French supported the Natives to stop the US from expanding into the Northwest
shay s rebellion january 1787
Shay’s Rebellion: January 1787
  • The Government rejected debtor relief and seized property (farms) for non-payment of taxes
  • Angry, backcountry farmers under the leadership of Daniel Shay tried to seize the arsenal in Springfield, Massachusetts
what shay s rebellion proves
What Shay’s Rebellion proves…
  • Despite the rebellion’s defeat, national political leaders were very concerned

“I am mortified beyond expression” said by George Washington

about the rebellion

a call for a national government
A call for a National Government
  • A group of national leaders emerge, advocating a stronger central government.
  • Congress reluctantly called for a second convention…
for the sole purpose of revising the articles of confederation

“For the Sole purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation…”

Not exactly what happened though…stay tuned

coming attractions
Coming Attractions…

Constitutional Convention