The Fall of The Articles of Confederation
The Articles of Confederation was America's first constitution. This document established our governmental structure, but failed after a short 8 years of being in law. In 1876, Shay's Rebellion, a group of American farmers, protested the rising debt and economic mayhem that was occurring. Congress reevaluated the Article after Americans voiced their discontent. They revised it's many flaws, namely, the lack of court system and power in Congress. The Articles of Confederation was used as the backbone of the Constitution, and the creation of it forever changed American history and policy by teaching our Founding Fathers what components make a successful governing document.
The cover of The Articles of Confederation, the document recognized as the "rough draft" of the Constitution.
"In determining questions in the United States in Congress assembled, each state shall have one vote." - Articles of Confederation, Article V
One of the Confederation's major flaws was the confined number of votes regardless of state size or population, which made Americans feel disproportionately represented by their Congress.
"Our articles of confederation ought to be revised and measures immediately taken to invigorate the Continental Union. Depend upon it: there lies the danger for America." - Marquis de Lafayette
A French military officer, honorary American citizen, and one of the leaders of the American Revolution voiced his concern towards the Article. Voices with this much power changed the course of American history by bluntly stating their opinions.
A scan of the original Articles of Confederation, which outlined the format and some of the material that the Constitution took on.
"I fear a permanent Confederation will never be settled; tho the most material articles are I think got thro', so as to give great offence to some, but to my Satisfaction." - William Whipple
After the failing of the Articles of Confederation, Whipple, a signatory of the Declaration of Independence and New Hampshire representative, feared another alternative may never be agreed upon. Many Americans were concerned about the dependability of their new nation.
A scan of a stamp made to commemorate important moments in American history, including the drafting of the Articles of Confederation.