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From 1781-89 the articles of confederation lead the American people through thick and thin In the end it proved to be ineffective government despite the many victories it had accomplished during its time The articles accomplished many things during the time it was the US form of government One of the major things it accomplished was keeping the states together from 1781-89 despite the many conflicts the states had with each other The US was able to win a war against the strongest military power in the world and was able to make a peace treaty for that war under the articles The articles provided a way of integrating states into the union and brought about the early stirrings of public education writers note HA The US under the articles was able to set up a postal service providing a reliable form of communication between thousands of miles Although the articles accomplished many things it was ultimately an ineffective government The US was unable to collect taxes from the states this lead to the inability to pay back war veterans and caused many angry letters from the representatives of the veterans demanding their veterans back pay The inability to collect taxes also lead to other countries pushing the US around and demanding the US pays its debt There was no executive branch to deal with foreign affairs and this caused the US the inability to deal with Spain which had blockaded the Mississippi or Britain which were seizing ships effectively In congress nothing was done due to the inability to agree on anything Rhode Island shows this by rejecting an impost recommended by congress Many aristocrats feared a mobocracy occurring in this unstable atmosphere The Articles of Confederation was a failure despite the many things it helped accomplish Its inability to deal with foreign affairs and people was its death knell Some states wanted to keep the Articles and thought it only needed
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