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In the 1770s as Americas great thinkers and writers were declaring their desire for independence they also established a committee to lay the foundation for the American form of government These brilliant writers and philosophers hesitantly began designing the national level of government for use in America and named their final draft the Articles of Confederation Out of their utter distrust of a centralized government due to their association with the English monarchial system the drafters deliberately established these articles as a loose confederation of states rather than a firmly united nation Life under the Articles of Confederation was wrought with hardships and uncertainty and the political scene was paralyzed with inability due to the lack of sovereignty in a central executive branch and the unanimous state consent required for the ratification of an amendment coupled with the lack of a taxation privilege However despite its inherent flaws the Confederation government did prove capable to accomplish a few foreign and domestic achievements Under the authority of the Confederation the United States began to introduce itself in the global scene The United States determined its place in the community of nations by establishing diplomatic relations and its participation in the world economy The Confederation Congress also accomplished something many historians overlook They successfully managed organized and eventually won the Revolutionary War After winning the war the Congress went on to successfully negotiate the Treaty of Paris and compelled the British to recognize American independence On the domestic home front the Congress began to effectively solve the land ordnance problem The Confederation Congress established a procedure for governing the new territories and organized them into prospective states Each prospective state having full and equal status with the original thirteen states Furthermore they institutionalized systems of local government and public education Moreover while accomplishing all this the congress managed to keep the national economy afloat This proved to be an enormous feat because the economy was suffering
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