The American Revolution: Lecture 21 - A Union Without Power| 47mins
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Focus Years: 2010 | Country: United States
In this lecture, Professor Freeman discusses the Articles of Confederation. Although they seem hopelessly weak in the long view of history, the Articles made perfect sense as a first stab at a national government by a people who deeply distrusted centralized powerâ€”a direct product of their recent experience of the British monarchy. Among the many issues that complicated the drafting of the Articles, three central issues included: how war debts to European nations would be divided among the states, whether western territories should be sold by the national government to pay for those debts, and how large and small states would compromise on representation. When a series of events, like Shays' Rebellion, highlighted the weaknesses of the Articles, some Americans felt ready to consider a stronger national government.