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2.3 The Government That Failed
Articles of Confederation
Could not maintain army, pay debts, no power to tax, lacked power to regulate commerce (inhibited foreign trad and development of strong economy)
Increase in democracy and liberty
Gvt became more responsive to people. Equality was driving change. Expanded political participation brought new middle class into power.
Many small farmers were unable to pay their debts
Serious of attacks on courthouses. Gvt couldn't do anything, elites organized a privately paid force.
The Annapolis Convention
Only 5 states' delegates came, called for a broader meeting, known as Constitutional Convention
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