Articles Finally Ratified

March 5, 1781 

It was an important day for the Continental Congress. After long delays by Maryland , The Articles of Confederation were finally ratified. After seventeen months of debate in March. The Articles are the first attempt at establishing a national government in America. Four years ago on November 15, the articles were first proposed to the colonies. The Articles of Confederation give the new independent United States of America their an important word: their "sovereignty," which means they can act as independent nations, but they can also join together as one nation to deal with security issues. The main points of the article are as follows

-Each state is free and is allowed to rule itself, and establishes any power that the federal government has not already reserved.

-The Articles help against enemies of our new nation.

-Ensures thate the citizens of one state are to be treated as a citizen of any state they are visiting.

-Free travel between states.

Thoughts Of The People
By Alex Courtier


Some people think  that it is wonderful that the Articles have been approved but there is one state that didn't approve at first. That rude
and arrogant state Maryland disapproved of the Articles until New York, Virginia, and other states have agreed to give the title of their land to the government. Why would you want to disapprove the Articles? We asked the public this question.

Jack Smith: "I think it is wonderful that the articles have been approved. Congress is powerless to levy or collect taxes."

Clayton Williams: "Horrible! With the Articles approved we do not have an army."

Jonathan Timberlake: "Wretched Articles. I 'm a merchant and I cannot compete with Britain."

Patrick Michelin: "I 'm a Constable and those blasted Articles do not enforce any laws."

We Need Your Help!

Ratify!-No special taxes to be levied on sales of goods to a citizen of another state.

-Each states courts would be recognized by other states.

-Establish a congress made up 
of two to seven delgates a state (one vote for each state regardless how many delegates).

- Sets out power not available to the states like oversea affairs and issuing currency

-Ensures that all officers in the militia at or above the rank of colonel be appointed by the state.

-A common treasury will be made to up keep the militia. Each state paying a certain amount.

-Congress has final authority to settle labor disputes

-Commits the US to pay all debts incurred by the colonies prior to the establishment of the articles

-The Articles are the supreme law of the land. The only way a law can be change is through amending.

These are the basics points of The Articles. These will be the laws that will shape America into a great nation.

Biographical Analysis: Who Is Richard Henry Lee?

    Richard Henry Lee was a born orator. Confrontational by nature, Lee possesses a fiery rebellious spirit. Maybe those were the qualities that makes him one of the leading patriots today. A member of Virginia's House of Burgesses , he is know for his extreme anti-slavery views. He is on many committees which led to his involvement in constructing the Articles of Confederation. Although a self proclaimed Antifederalist, he accepted and helped ratify the Articles because "It was this or nothing" he said to one source. His part in the Continental Congress included to chairing the committee that drafted the final copie of the Articles of Confederation. His influence may have led to it being finally ratified. He also helped to secure Virginias cession in land claims. Lee is also known for his book "Letters from the Federal Farmer" in which he voiced his fears of a consolidated central government.




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