I don't have the money to repay what I have borrowed.
Problems with the Articles of Confederation
Oh, how I do wish we had the power to impose tariffs on foreigh imports.
Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence has been signed.
The Continental Congress had borrowed money to fight the Revolutionary War and could not repay their debts. The major downfall of the Articles of Confederation was simply weakness. The federal government, under the Articles, was too weak to enforce their laws and therefore had no power.
Hmm, where did I leave that 34 page essay?
The central government also lacked the power to impose tariffs on foreign imports or regulate interstate commerce. This own it's own made trading between countries harder. Darn the Articles of Confederation.
1776 —Declaration of Independence written; the 13 colonies become the 13 states, but are not yet united under one central government. The Declaration summarized the colonists’ motivations for seeking independence. By declaring themselves an independent nation, the American colonists were able to confirm an official alliance with the Government of France and obtain French assistance in the war against Great Britain.
Ma, enslaved people count as three-fifths of a white person!
When James Madison and the other 56 delegates to the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia in May 1787. They intended to amend the Articles of Confederation. They ended up creating a new constitution, and Madison, representing Virginia, became the chief recorder of information (he took a lot of notes).
Shays' Rebellion was an armed uprising in Massachusetts, mostly in and around Springfield during 1786 and 1787. American Revolutionary War veteran Daniel Shays led four thousand rebels in a protest against economic and civil rights injustices. It ended on June 1787.
An agreement added to the Constitution that would count each enslaved person as three-fifths of a white person for purposes of representation in the House of Representatives. The implementation of the Three-Fifths Compromise would greatly increase the representation and political power of slave-owning states. The Southern states, if represented equally, would have accounted for 33 of the seats in the House of Representatives.