The Articles of Confederation established:
first national government of the United States
Who had the most power under the Articles of Confederation?
Under the Articles of Confederation, how could the nation assemble an army?
The Articles made it impossible to assemble an army unless the states gave their permission.
Under the Articles of Confederation, could the national government enforce trade laws between states?
No, it did not have the power to enforce the laws.
Under the Articles of Confederation, could the national government tax the states?
No, it could not tax without the states' permission.
Under the Articles of Confederation, could the national govt. force states to send soldiers to be in the army?
No, it could ask, but it could not force them.
What was the original purpose of the Constitutional Convention of 1787?
To revise the Articles of Confederation
What were some issues the Constitutional Convention had to deal with?
The needs of north and south, slaves and slaveowners, big states vs small states, balancing power in govt. state control vs national control
What was a compromise the delegates came to when they agreed on one president?
Limit the term to four years, and you can be re-elected for another four.
What was the South worried about with Congressional power?
business laws might favor the north
taxes on exports would hurt the south
they might forbid slavery in the south
What compromise did the delegates reach with regard to trade?
They would not tax the south's exports
They would not raise the issue of slavery for 20 years.
The Fugitive Slave Law said you had to return slaves to their "owner" if one made it to freedom in the north.