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Government Reform Dbq

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Back in 1786, the United States consisted of thirteen states generally bound by the Articles of Confederation, each state governed its own matters separately. A group of state representative served as the National Congress, but when they had to settle matters between themselves, or solve problems on a national level, they had difficulties agreeing on solutions which left the nation weak. The government had no power to build the military for national defense. In 1786, Alexander Hamilton called a meeting in Maryland to resolve trade problems among the states. An important event encouraged a wider interest in government reform. State government charging high taxes on farms. It was time to organize a strong central government to reunite the states.
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