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What role Alexander Hamilton played in the Consitutional ConventionThe economy of the young nation in the years following the Revolution was in bad shape The United States had accrued millions of dollars in war debt competitive tariffs between states hampered economic growth while sowing political discord American shipping struggled to recover from the war and the Continental Congress was unable to impose taxes in order to drive the country forward out of its financial doldrumsAgainst this background the legislature of Virginia in 1786 called for a meeting ofthe states in Annapolis Maryland to deliberate adjustments to the nations commercial regulations -- a relatively modest ambition Hamilton Receiver of Continental Revenue for New York attended the September Convention as his states representative only to find that four states had not even bothered to send delegates The only states represented were Virginia Pennsylvania New Jersey Delaware and New York and it became apparent that any measures these five did adopt might not carry sufficient authority for implementationThe whole project appeared headed for failure and in fact the only notable success to come out of the episode was Hamiltons call for a constitutional convention of all the states to meet in Philadelphia the next year While phrased blandly -- delegates would have the power to make such changes as were necessary to render the constitution of the Federal Government adequate to the exigencies of the Union -- the resolution emphasized that everything relating to the government of the United States would be on the table Advocates of strong central government as they themselves perceived would have the chance to overhaul the Articles of Confederation at one fell swoop rather than tinkering at the edges Cooke 53It was at this point that the Shays Rebellion in Massachusetts lent a vital urgency to the call for a Constitutional Convention and strengthened the public belief that the country needed a much stronger federal government than the one it had The
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