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Independence from Britain made necessary the establishment of a newgovernment Eleven states drew up new constitutions Connecticut and RhodeIsland revised colonial charters The Articles of Confederation created a looseunion of near-sovereign states The Confederation was inadequate and wasfailing in the structure of government They also were in deep trouble financiallyand economically The Articles of Confederation probably achieved its mostimportant success in the handling of west diplomatic and financial concerns Inevaluting post-American Revolutionary War overall the Articles ofConfederation did not provide the United States with an effective governmentUpon Independence financial problems troubled the Confederationgovernment During the American Revolutionary War for independenceCongress and the states had printed good faith paper currency It becamevirtually worthless and was never redeemed The structure of the Articles ofConfederation allowed the Congress to request funds and borrow money but notlay taxes or collect tariffs Congress had to either borrow funds from privatesuppliers or tax the states to finance reconstruction after the war Unable to taxwithout the approval of all 13 states Congress turned to a wealthy self-madePhiliadelphia merchant Robert Morris who in 1781 became the nationssuperintendant of finance Morris proposed that the states authorize thecollection of a nationalimport duty of 5 percent to finance the congressionbudget and to guarantee interest payments on the war debt In Doc A a letterfrom the Rhode Island Assembly to Congress on Nov 30 1782 Rhode Islandexplains the rejection of Morriss proposal of the collection for a national importduty Rhode Island stated that it was unequal and against the constitution Because all 13 states had to agree the proposal was thrown out and was notinforced Morris and Alexander Hamilton devised a dangerous plot called theNewburgh Conspiracy in order to relieve the panic In 1783 Doc C the twomen secretly persuaded some army officers to threaten a coupdetat unless thetreasury obtained the taxation authority needed to raise their pay A letter fromDelegate Joseph Jones to George Washington suggests the immediate pay tothe soilder by enforcing tariffs
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