Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation
  • Confederation Congress had no way to tax the states.
  • Each state had only one vote, regardless of size.
  • Nine of the thirtenn states had to approve each law.
  • The Congress had no way to enforce laws that were passed.
  • Confederation Congress had no power to regulate foreign or interstate trade.
  • Amending the Articles required a unanimous vote of the states.
  • No judiciary or executive branch.

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North Carolina and the Constitutional Convention

The new United States seemed shaky on many fronts in 1786 and 1787.

North Carolinians were fighting each other in Franklin. Massachusetts

mobs were marching on their courthouses to keep farmers from having

their property seized for unpaid debts, just as the Regulators had done years before.

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North Carolina Hesitates to ratify

The writers of the Constitution decided to ask the people in the various states to ratify (agree to) the "new form of government." Before the end of 1787, several states had ratified the document; by 1788, enough states had joined the Union that the United States held its first elections and chose George Washington as president.

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