The Failure of the Articles of Confederation.
Kenneth A. Austin
History paved the Way
Each of us has a history, a past that shapes us into who we are today. Whether it is a good history or a bad one, it has something to do with who we have become. We are able to learn from it and it helps us not to make the same mistakes of the past. The mistakes that our forefathers made are very important to know in the present time because we do not want to commit the same errors they did. The mistakes they’ve done paved the way for us to know things better and be more knowledgeable. One of the more prominent mistakes they committed were on the Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation were the first evidences of law making in our country. The few established states back then had just gained their freedom from the British and they were ready to make a nation of their own. But standing on their own two feet did not come easy for them because not everyone would get along and agree to one thing or another. These disparities and differences were very much reflected on the finished product of The Articles of Confederation. It proved to be a weak document. It made one of the strongest nations into a weak one and it did not even show that the states were actually united as one. The Congress, which was supposed to be one of the uniting factors of the states were ineffective and pointless because of The Articles themselves. It was like creating a law for advisory purposes. The Congress was ineffective in three ways, economically, politically and internationally.
In countries today, a Congress is a unifying and governing body that manages most of the affairs of a certain country. Economically, the Congress failed to do their duties because the Articles stated that they had no power to levy taxes, they could not raise money without the states’ permission and even though they printed new dollars because the other currencies had...