Since then these states would start creating their own set of rules and laws and because of some states, creating their own constitutions and each state can rule itself, it gave more power to them than the actual Federal Government. For example, states began printing their
He became frustrated by several of the proposals, but he signed the finished document and wanted others to do so too. (Sarah Ann McGill, Alexander Hamilton, Great Neck Publishing) Hamilton urged the federal government to take over state taxes and the debt left by the war. (Flash Focus: Alexander Hamilton, Lakeside Publishing Group, LLC) In 1789, when Washington was inaugurated, Hamilton became the first Secretary of State. Hamilton, although challenged by people like Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Aaron Burr, and others, managed to balance the economy. In 1791, the Bank of the United States opened, and individual states were no longer allowed to print their own money.Hamilton created the U.S. Coast Guard, but it didn 't have that name then and was referred to as “the cutters.” “The cutters” were the only vessels that were armed protecting trade between 1790 and 1798.
The major weakness of the article was the lack of power given to the Continental Congress. It strangled the federal government. The Articles gave Congress the power to pass laws but no power to enforce those laws. “If a state did not support a federal law, that state could simply ignore it”. Another main reason to replace the article, was to form a stronger government.
Under the Articles of Confederation, the United States government was in shambles. Having left the rule of the British Crown, the States desired a government far from their previous predecessor. However, having given tremendous power to the states and very little to the federal, there was much chaos. A prime example of the failure of this document was Shay’s Rebellion, when farmers rebelled against government officials for debt that they could not repay due to faults in the Articles. Consequently, a new Constitution had to be ratified which resulted in many compromises between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists.
One can see why this would anger people (as paper was the “big thing” before modern technology). Chaos ensued, the colonists were not fond of tax collectors whatsoever. This institution of things similar to the stamp act was a major factor (of the economic kind) that led to the revolution because it was benefited almost no on in the colonies, and would
Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, once said, “The Constitution was not made to fit us like a straight jacket. In its elasticity lies its chief greatness.” In 1787 the delegates from twelve out of thirteen sates attended the Constitutional Convention. They threw away the Articles of Confederation and wrote Constitution of the United States. Many residences were hesitant to the sudden change, but as time went along people came around to the fact that the Constitution was useful. Although the Constitution is viewed as completely binding, it does allow for changes to be made, giving it flexibility to the changing times.
The Constitution is better than the Articles of Confederation because the Articles of Confederation had many weaknesses. The Articles did not give Congress the power to place tariffs on foreign goods, hurting American businesses that could not compete with cheaper British goods. The U.S. government had no chief executive so there was no one to enforce the laws that were passed. The new Constitution addressed many of the problems created by the Articles by creating a federal system of government with a much more powerful national government. The Constitution made a stronger Federal government that could unite the States, taking many of the powers held by the States: the right to tax, the right to raise armies, the right to regulate trade and
The Weimar’s military leadership was mostly composed of conservatives who did not support the new Republic. This was already a negative start. How could soldiers who were against the republic swear to protect it? The biggest problem of the army oath was that it let anyone who was President in direct control of the armed forces. This meant that if someone with bad intentions came to power, he had under his control, the whole military.Of course this worse-case scenario came
Being the second president he was left with big shoes to fill from George Washington. Congress and citizens of the United States had extremely high expectations for him. He legacy in modern history remains controversial. Adams is remembered for his positive impacts on America by peacefully avoiding war with Britain and France, despite the pressure he faced all around him. Perhaps if Adams decided to go to war the history of the United States would have been very different.
Some of the economic and political problems during the 1780s played a huge role in the way the United States formed the Constitution. The economic crisis that was faced during this time included American ships barred which reduced trade. The United States also faced the issue of Navigation Acts where ships were heavily taxed when trading with Britain and the West Indies, which were allies to Britain. Another economical issue was that during the American Revolution, the government had to used loans. The government had printed continental certificates to pay for war officers and soldiers as well as supplies that were used in the Revolutionary War.