Articles of Confederation
Updated: 1/13/2021
Articles of Confederation

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Articles of Confederation Storyboard for US history.

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  • (1) So, I've been thinking about the Articles of Confederation lately, what are your thoughts on it?
  • (2) Hmm, well I like it. -- I think it's good that the power has gone to each state rather than the national government because it would be hard to have another King George III situation under a system like that right? So I think it's a good way to govern things.
  • (1) Hmm, I guess I never really thought of it that way.
  • (2) That's definitely a valid point. I think pretty much the same, but I also feel like there could be some problems with the states having all the power
  • (3) For example, the different kinds of money in each state right now. Wouldn't congress have to choose one currency, or would they have to keep printing money? That would lead to inflation, wouldn't it? Going off that, wouldn't it be better to have one currency for all of America then?
  • Oh! And also, if the states have all the power, doesn't that mean we'll never really have a national army? I feel like that could put us at risk against other countries military.
  • (1) Hey, so, this is a little off topic, but the AoC kind of got me thinking of the Northwest Ordinance. Do you think you could explain it to me? I want to know what you think.
  • (2) Of course! Well, the Northwest Ordinance was made with the purpose to create territories from the western land, which would then be turned into states that would be admitted into the Union
  • (3) Once a territory had 5,000 free male inhabitants, the people were allowed to elect a territorial legislature. Once there were 60,000 free male inhabitants, the people would be able to submit a constitution, which, if approved, would allow the territory to become a state.
  • (1) Ah, okay. What about the settlers rights?
  • (2) Well first, all settlers were granted equal rights, no matter when they arrived.
  • (3) Then, were three rights that each settler was guaranteed. Trial by jury, habeas corpus, and religious freedom. And slavery was completely outlawed.
  • (1) Ah! Thanks, that really cleared some things up.
  • (2) No problem, I'm glad I could help!
  • (4) I might have, but I don't really remember.
  • (3) Hey, while we're on the topic of all this, have you heard of Shay's rebellion?
  • (5) Well, The AoC raised taxes for the poor farmers, but because they were already poor, they couldn't afford to pay taxes. This wound them up in debtors prison, and they lost their houses. This also meant that they could no longer vote. Angry, they gathered a group of about 1,200 soldiers and planned to march up to Boston after stealing weapons.
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