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The Articles of Confederation     and Perpetual Union 1777-1787 The Critical Period. Structure of Government. Articles created a unicameral legislature Each state had one vote in Congress regardless of it’s size or population States selected 2-7 delegates for purposes of representation

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structure of government
Structure of Government
  • Articles created a unicameral legislature
  • Each state had one vote in Congress regardless of it’s size or population
  • States selected 2-7 delegates for purposes of representation
  • Powers of this Congress included: make war and peace, regulate a postal system, weights and measurements, enter into treaties, appoint military officers, send and receive ambassadors, raise and equip a navy and create an army with financial support coming from the states, regulate Indian affairs, decide disputes among the states
accomplishments
Accomplishments
  • Ended the war with the British negotiating the Treaty of Paris 1783
  • Created a plan for the development of lands west of the Appalachian Mountains

-Land Ordinance 1785: a plan for the surveying of lands and the division of western lands

-Northwest Ordinance 1787: established the principle that territories could be developed for statehood on an equal basis with the other established states.

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NATIONAL GOVT.

SLOWLY WENT BROKE

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WORTHLESS

CURRENCY

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STATES TAXED

EACH OTHER

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COULD RAISE AN

ARMY-BUT STATES HAD

TO SUPPORT

WITH $$$

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INDIAN PROBLEMS

IN THE FRONTIER

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PIRATES-

NO PROTECTION

FOR OUR MERCHANTS

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BRITISH REFUSAL

TO LEAVE NW

OURS, NOT THEIRS!

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NO CHIEF

EXECUTIVE

TO ENFORCE

LAWS

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NO NATIONAL

JUDICIARY

bottom line
BOTTOM LINE
  • NO POWER OVER STATES
  • ARTICLES COULD NOT PROTECT CITIZENS’ PROPERTY RIGHTS
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SHAY'S

REBELLION

1786

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FORMER WAR HERO

NOW LEADS A

REBELLION!

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“… there are important defects in the system of the Government… the defects, upon a closer examination, may be found greater and more numerous, than even these acts imply, from the embarrassments which characterize the present State of our national affairs, foreign and domestic…”J. Madison, 9/1786