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.
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
- 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.
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