Examining the Articles of Confederation

October 16, 2009

Please respond, agreeing or disagreeing (with evidence), to the following:

Articles of Confederation

“The Articles of Confederation is a thoroughly unimportant document because it was simplistic and incomplete.”

Please respond thoughtfully and support your argument well.

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49 Responses to “Examining the Articles of Confederation”

  1. Taylor said

    I disagree with the statement that The Articles of Confederation were unimportant because they were simplistic and incomplete. Yes, they did not go into very thourough detail concerning disputes between states and other matters, but they were the first try at forming a strong government. The Articles brought the states together, even if there wasn’t a strong central government. It gave the country a name, The United States of America. And also, the Constitution today would not be the same without this first stab at setting up a government. The Constitution was written when the state leaders joined together in Philidelphia to fix the Articles, but instead they created an entirely new constitution, which we use today. So the result of the Articles showed them what they needed to fix in the new constitution. So clearly, even if the Articles didn’t work out well when they were created, they certainly had a long affect on the U.S. in the long run, because now we have a strong constitution that never could have been made without the first constitution.

  2. Nick H. said

    I disagree with this statement in many ways. First, although the Articles of Confederation were, “simplistic and incomplete,” they were the United State’s first constitution. This symbolized a lot about what the different states were trying to accomplish. The leaders of our new nation were trying to unite the different states under one central government. Also, the Articles of Confederation was just a first draft of our final constitution. Without the Articles, I bet that the U.S. would not be what it is today. The Articles of Confederation showed the people what worked and what needed to be changed in order to make a more powerful and united nation. There were many changes that were made to the Articles of Confederation. These changes were displayed in the final Constitution. Even though the Articles only lasted for about eight years, it was important to get an initial organization of our national government so we would not have a civil war among the states. Clearly, the Articles of Confederation were incomplete but they had a sentimental affect on the different states and its citizens.

  3. Heson Oh ;) said

    I disagree to the bold statement, for they WERE making a government. I don’t know about you but i would think that making a completely new type of government would be hard especially if you don’t want a monarchy which is the government you were following for your whole life. It was more of a “prototype” if you will. A prototype of the constitution. The AOF was more of a temporary government until the constitution was created. The AOF did not bring the states together as one as much as the constitution did.
    Although, in ways i DO agree to the question. The AOF did not include a bill of rights which then limited the freedoms of citizens. Also, it did not include the three branches of government.

  4. Lucas (; said

    I do not agree that the articles of confederation were unimportant. While it may have been simplisitic, I think that for a first draft it did a gnarly job of binding the states together until a definitive document was created to govern these United States. While it contained some irrefutable flaws, i.e allowing each state to print its own money, think of what our country would be without the AOF. Soon after the revolution was won, i for one think that the states, still competing with eachother for power, would have quickly tumbled into a civil war, with states forming alliances with others and our country falling apart…. to be contiued later on sunday

  5. Jimmy said

    I do not agree with the comment:“The Articles of Confederation is a thoroughly unimportant document because it was simplistic and incomplete” becasue of many reasons. First, I think that The Articles of Confederation was importsant because it was the first form of government. Before this the states acted as different sountries, not one united nation. Each state had different laws and ways of life. When the Articles of Confederation was made, the states became a little bit more connected, though they did not act as a country until the Constitution was made 10 or so years later. Also, the Articles of the Confederation helped form the Constsitution. WIthout the Articles, the Constitution would not have been where it was. They based the Constitution on the pros and cons of the Articles. The system of checks and balances between the sattes and the country in the Articles did not work well, but the idea of checks and balances did. So in the Constitution, they formed a legislative, executive, and judicial branch of governement to continue the good idea of checks and balances but they did it between sections of government, not states and countries. So I do not believe that the Articles of Confederation was a ‘unimportant’ or ‘incomplete’ document, because it formed a small government and it helped bring the Constitution to the great place it is in today.

  6. Jayla said

    I disagree with the statement that the articles of confederation were not important. Although they may have been simplistic they helped to form the American Constitution which makes them very important. The Articles were also important because they helped our country to be united as one. Before the Articles the states considered themselves as individual countries. However, the Articles of Confederation brought the states together to form a united nation. Therefore, the Articles of Confederation were extremely important to the U.S. and without that document we would not be where we were today.

  7. Joan said

    The Articles of Confederation was not unimportant. It may have been simplistic and it did leave out some important things, but it was a rough draft. It laid the foundation for the Constitution. The Articles of Confederation probably would have worked well if the U.S was as small as it was back then. It’s not like the Articles of Confederation failed completely. Many of its parts were kept, just in different ways. Like the checks and balances between the central government and the states. It was a good idea, but it ended up becoming checks and balances between the branches of government. It was almost as if the ideas were on a test-drive to see what worked out and what didn’t. It did a pretty good job of bringing the states together. Although it was more of an alliance between separate places.
    All in all, the Articles of Confederation was very important. Like any other first draft, it didn’t get an A the first time.

  8. Gordon A. said

    I disagree with the following statement: “The Articles of Confederation is a thoroughly unimportant document because it was simplistic and incomplete.” Though the Articles of Confederation was a bit incomplete and was simplistic in many ways, it was also the first Constitution ever created by the United States of America. The Articles of Confederation brought states together. Before it, states acted as separate countries. They did not act as a whole. The Articles of Confederation turned our country from the States of America, to the UNITED States of America. It made states join together and strengthen our country. But, it was incomplete in that the government was very weak. They could not collect taxes putting them in debt quite frequently. The government also did not have the power to do such things as enforcing laws. This is a major job of our government today, and it makes our country a lot better now that the government can enforce laws. But, during the Articles of Confederation the states could enforce laws as they pleased, and did not have to ask for the governments permission. This allowed them to make laws favoring their state which made it unfair for the other states. The Articles of Confederation may have been simple and unfinished, but it helped to shape the Constitution. It showed that our country could notice its own flaws, and change according to them. The constitution was guided by the mistakes of the Articles of Confederation, making it a very important document. To me, if the Articles of Confederation were never created, we would not have such a strong government as we have today.

  9. wolfdragon28 said

    I disagree that the Articles of Confederation were unimportant. The Constitution was made from the Articles, and if we didn’t make the ladder, our government wouldn’t be as good as it is today, because we’d have nothing to start with. Also, the Articles gave The United States its name, and united the states. It was a well written document, just not meant for 50 states, as there are now. It was good when there was only 13 states though. Sure, it left a lot of things out, but it was a start to the Constitution, which would have never happened if not for this and the meeting in Philadelphia.

  10. Alec K. said

    I disagree with the statement stating that the Articles of Confederation were unimportant and simplistic. The Articles of Confederation was the first document of the United States to state all the laws for the country. This document symbolized the country uniting as one and breaking away from the British. Before, each state acted as its own separate country. People who lived in America would not call themselves American, they would call themselves Virginian for example. Each state would create their own currency and keep themselves independent. Then when this document was made it help create a unity among the states. Now people would call themselves American. Although the Articles symbolized something huge in our country, they still were not complete enough. When they were created the Central Government was not given the power to tax people. After the Revolutionary War, the US was in a lot of debt so without tax money they couldn’t repay that money. The Central Government also had to ask the states for money and the states could refuse. Also there was no executive or judicial branch established. Without these branches it was hard to make an executive decision. Also it was hard to settle disputes without a court system. There was also no power given to the Government to enforce laws, that was given to the states. All in all, the Articles created a weak Central Government. Finally, even though the Articles weren’t complete enough they still created a big stepping stone for the Constitution. Even though this document was somewhat simple, these flaws helped make the Constitution stronger. Without the Articles of Confederation our country would not be what it is today.

  11. josiah said

    i disagree with this statement because the articles of the confederation did have some very interesting, inspiring thoughts. although it was incomplete it lead to the creation of the constitution and without it i believe the constitution would have been written very differently. the articles were very incomplete, yes. this was merely a draft but many people saw it as the perfect constitution and that is why there was controversy over it. furthermore, these articles were incredibly one sided towards the people who wanted the power for the states. i say this because in the articles there was barley a federal government and this government required a lot of help from the state government to succeed. finally, the constitution gathered a lot of its ideas and morals from the articles. clearly, the articles were not pointless and helped our constitution immensely.

  12. Gina said

    The Articles of Confederation is a very important document for the United States of America. The contents in this document have helped form the U.S Constitution, later ratified in 1788. The Articles of Confederation has left great posterity. Much mayhem has been tolerated by the government in the 1700s, but helped us learn the mistakes we should avoid when making a new, revised constitution. For example, giving states more power than Congress was found to be a big mistake. Since states collected tax money, Congress consistently had to ask them for money. This led to never accomplishing executive decisions, and confusion in the value of each state’s money. The government and the states could coin money. The values and appearances were different, and trade became difficult. After this confusion, the Continental Congress revised it that only the U.S government may tax citizens and coin money. Also, there was no detailed information about dividing tasks. The Articles of Confederation made one state able to defeat twelve states without the central government. One state could easily abuse the powers given to them. The states decided that if a farmer could not pay his/her loan from the Revolution War, they seized their farm. Some states even increased the tax money. Soon farmers grew angry and thought they were being treated unfairly. The Shay’s Rebellion quickly took place in 1786, and farmers attacked courthouses to prevent states from seizing farms. The Continental Congress noticed the Articles of Confederation did not work, and another convention was held to fix and complete it. The U.S Constitution was made from this convention. Even in the year 2009, the government is still making corrections by adding amendments and new laws. This endless journey of making one constitution perfect is still being continued today. The Articles of Confederation was just one tiny but important step in the process of making the U.S Constitution.

  13. Vicky said

    I disagree with the statement the the Aricles of Confederation was unimprotant. I believe that it was very important because it was the first Constitution of the United States of America. The Articles od Confederation was complete because it later in 1891 was ratified and turned into what is today the Constitution. These articles helped the states be united. Before the Aricles of Conferation was written the states were not united. These articles helped this country a huge amount and were not a waste of time.

  14. Sara said

    I absolutely disagree with the statement: “The Articles of Confederation is a thouroughly unimportant document because it was simplistic and imcomplete”. I believe the opposite is true; without the Articles of Confederation, our current government would not be so sucessful. Yes, the Articles of Confederation could be considered “simplistic and imcomplete” considering that it was not as strong as our current Constitution, but it was just a first try at inventing a new form of government. Without the flaws of the Articles of Confederation our current Constitution would not have had anything to improve apon. For example, the Articles only had a group of delegates serving as a legislature. There was no President, Executive branch, house of representatives or senate, or a strong judicial system. However, in the Philadelphia Convention in 1787, our founding fathers recognized this as a weakness and modified this, so that we do have those things.
    The Articles of Confederation also introduced some novel yet effective ideas. The Articles of Confederation proclaimed freedoms of speech, religion, and press, which are important in the United States today. Also, the idea of dividing power between the individual states and a central government was established in the Articles of Confederartion.
    In short, without the simplisity and imcompletion of Articles of Confederation, our government would not be as stong as it is today.

  15. Kaneb said

    I disagree with this statement for many reasons; one being that the Articles of Confederation was a written example of the first form of government in our country. Another being that, although this document/form of government was ruled to be discontinued because of difficulties in the foundation, it has many new and great ideas that were unique to America, many of which were carried over in to the new Constitution. The Articles of Confederation is also a piece of time fossilized through words, and it shows how much we the citizens did not want a strong government in the beginning. It also shows how much the people’s opinions changed from, first winning the revolution, then writing the Articles of Confederation, and then writing the Constitution. Clearly, this document should be treasured for many reasons, however, not just the ones that I listed.

  16. Lowell said

    I do not believe that the articles of confederation were unimportant. It was created to solidify and unify our country. It had several valid points, that did indeed show up in the now constitution, but it turned us into a confederation. A confederation is just a loose alliance between different parties, that could be people, countries or businesses. The writers of the articles of confederation wanted to make sure that there would be no one powerful party that controls all the country, so they wanted to make the states strong, but the federal government weak. It was created with good intent, but had the wrong outcome. With no one strong government our country would eventually fall apart. There is this one Russian modern day philosopher that did a research project on both what would happen if the articles of confederation were still around, and if the confederates won the civil war. The outcome would be about six different countries, and no Alaska or Hawaii. All of them with feuds with the next. That would be horrible. Some people believed that a constitution would limit the people’s rights because they would only have the rights listed in it. Even though the articles did some good their had one great flaw, and that was to keep the states strong and the federal government week.

  17. Alec M said

    I disagree with this statement in many ways. The Articles of Confederation is a very important document for the United States government. When the document was first made, although it didn’t provide many citizens rights, it gave structure to the government and the states. The Articles led to the making of the Constitution. Before the Constitution was made,The Articles were active in the government which gave some rules and main rights to the citizens and states. If The Articles of Confederation were never made, there would have been another 7 years without any structure and in that time the whole country could have fallen apart. There would have been no rules, laws or rights for citizens to follow. Crimes such as murder or robbery could have gone unpunished and people would have done whatever they wanted. There would have been no money, government or seperation of different states. There would be constant battles for power between states and there would be massive inflations and trade would be very confusing with no currency. The country would have no unity without the Articles. By the time officials decided to make a document stating laws, rights and rules about the government. The Articles were rather simplistic and incomplete but they were not unimportant in any way at all.

  18. Miranda said

    I disagree in many ways with the statement that The Articles of Confederation is a thoroughly unimportant document because it was simplistic and incomplete. Although some parts of the Articles were simplistic and incomplete, without them, the Constitution would not have been as great today. When forming an entirely new government, it is important to have a first draft. After the Articles came into effect, government leaders realized what was wrong and understood what their second constitution should include in order to insure certain rights to all and to keep the country from falling apart. For example, they learned that in order for the states to become one nation, the federal government needed to be stronger than they had previously recognized. The document is also very important because it set up the first form of government run by citizens in the United States. The Articles of Confederation were clearly important to help our country become what it is today: The Land of the Free.

  19. Anthony said

    I COMPLETELY disagree that the Articles of Confederation is a thoroughly unimportant document because it was simplistic and incomplete. Although it is not as thought through and as complete as the constitution, it does have some valid points that show up in the constitution today. Without it, the constitution would be a much weaker, and less thought through, document. Basically, the articles of confederation were a rough draft of the constitution. Although the people who wrote it, the founding fathers, did not know this at the time, they had some very good ideas in the document. It was definitely a bit broad, but it states basically the same thing as the constitution. It obviously needed revision, but in the end it got it and it was turned into the constitution.

  20. Tripp said

    I disagree with the statement, “The Articles of Confederation is a thoroughly unimportant document because it was simplistic and incomplete.” Although the Articles of Confederation was not a thoroughly complete document, it was a great starting point for the constitution. There were weaknesses of the Articles such as, each state could make and coin its own currency and only a legislative branch. There were also strengths, such as a checks and balances system and permission to make meetings with leaders of other countries. In the Articles citizens had rights, but they had too many rights. Almost no powers were given to the government. When the constitution was made they cut down the citizen rights, made two more branches of government and made one currency for the United States of America. Clearly, the Articles of Confederation needed some work but they were a good first draft of the Constitution.

  21. Klodi said

    I disagree with the statement because The Articles of Confederation was an extremely important document which unified and distinguished the USA as a whole. The Articles of Confederation unified all the thirteen states under one name, the United States of America, and distinguished each person as an American instead of a Virginian or colonist. This was an extraordinary task to accomplish because the new colonists wanted to differentiate themselves from Great Britain by unity and setting up a government where there wasn’t a central figure ruling everything. This document helped create new states, which would be equal to all existing states, through the Land Ordinance of 1785; eliminating feuds that existed between states over controlling the western land. Furthermore, the Articles of Confederation were a stepping stone and set the foundation for the official Constitution which was ratified in 1788. This document did its best to control the distribution of power, revenue, taxes, and people’s rights, but it did not fully achieve that goal. The government could not pass laws without the consent of 9 out of the 13 states, which proved to be challenging, and they could not generate money because the states had the power to tax instead of Congress. This document was incomplete because it did not include a Judicial Branch for settling disputed between states, an executive branch to enforce laws, and a bicameral legislator to pass laws and regulate the distribution of power. This document unified the country in spirit, but not economically (Congress had to borrow money from states). The Articles were a trial and error type of governmental setup because even though they were incomplete and simplistic, they led to the realization that there needs to be a better organization of government. Without this document the Constitution would have never been created, and there for the United States would have been a series of small states competing against each other.

  22. Alex C said

    I disagree that the Articles of Confederation were a unimportant document. They may not have been a very good set of guidelines to run a country by when they were in affect. However; they served as the basis for the modern American constitution. Sure the Articles had many problems, but they showed the writers of the second constitution what worked and what didn’t work. The present day constitution dropped the bad ideas, kept the good ideas, and added new ideas, to create the constitution that has been the principle of american life for 221 years. The Articles showed that giving individual states too much authority didn’t work well. Also, having different currencies caused trade to be particularly difficult. The modern constitution took these things into account and didn’t include them. If it wasn’t for the Articles of Confederation, the writers may never have known to make these changes. Clearly, the Articles of Confederation were quite important and led to many improvements so America could be what it is today.

  23. Nathaniel said

    I disagree with this statement. The AOF was incomplete but it is what started the Constitution. Even though it was a first draft it did bring all the states together. It was also what started the government that we know and follow today. Some of the laws were not so good. For example, giving each state the allowance to print there own currency. This did not bring the states together but kept them apart. When the revolutionary war was won it eventually brought the north and the south together. When all the states were together it made it easier to construct the Constitution.

  24. Jay said

    I disagree with the statement that, “The Articles of Confederation is a thoroughly unimportant document because it was simplistic and incomplete.” The Articles of Confederation were very important for the United States of America because they were America’s first Constitution. It set up some form of government in America and identified each state as one country not as different states. It said that people were Americans not Virginians or New Yorkers. Another important thing about the Articles of Confederation were that they established a federal government and set up a Congress. This was good because it enabled America to succeed as a whole country and not have individual states flourish by themselves. The Articles of Confederation gave laws on inhabiting western lands which was important for helping the country expand. Another important thing about the Articles of Confederation were that they helped the framers of the modern Constitution see what worked and what didn’t. Without the Articles of Confederation the modern Constitution wouldn’t be as good as it is today. Yes the Articles of Confederation may have been “simplistic and incomplete” yet they were betting than having an anarchy. The Articles of Confederation may have saved America because without them America may have plunged into darkness and possibly wouldn’t exist today. A final importance of the Articles of Confederation were that they gave America a national army. This enabled America to protect itself more effectively than it did in the revolutionary war. These are just some of the reasons that I disagree with the statement, “The Articles of Confederation is a thoroughly unimportant document because it was simplistic and incomplete.”

  25. Alex B said

    I disagree with the statement that “The Articles of Confederation is a thoroughly unimportant document because it was simplistic and incomplete.” The Articles of Confederation were flawed in many ways, but they were the beginning of the strong government we have now. Also, the Articles were the first written Constitution of the United States. Although this central government did that have the sufficient power it needed to run comfortably or well, it still brought the 13 states together. These states saw the problems and ended up changing it to the Constitution we have today. The Articles of Confederation brought us together as one country and the people within this country were known as Americans instead of the name of the state they lived in. If we had kept the Articles of Confederation, yes we would have most likely less adapted with the flawed system, but we still would be a powerful nation under a government instead of a king or empire. These reasons describe why I disagree with the quote “The Articles of Confederation is a thoroughly unimportant document because it was simplistic and incomplete.”

  26. Matt said

    The Articles of Confederation are most certainly important, and even though they left some stones unturned, were definitely not simplistic. None of the old documents were. That is why they have annotations in the book. Even the first article, which states, “The Stile of this Confederacy shall be ‘The United States of America’”, is as non-simple as possible. What the heck does “Stile” mean? Anyways, despite the numerous flaws in their structure, there are many good aspects to the Articles of Confederation. For instance, under the Articles, each state had its own currency. This could be seen as a flaw, but it is actually a lot better than what we have in our world today. If one state printed too much money, and inflation occurred, it only occurred in that one state. Sort of a safety system. If there was a national currency, for instance, with Germany after WWl, the entire country would go into bankruptcy. The national currency idea does bring the country together more, but the multiple currencies idea supports a “Quarantine”, if you will, of states that have made a wrong choice.
    Furthermore, the Articles of Confederation were extremely important. They were the first draft of the constitution of the United States of America for cryin’ out loud. If you ask me, it was better that we had the Articles first, because you learn more from failing than you do from succeeding. And if the Constitution was not a whole lot better than the Articles of Confederation, which it was, then the people who wrote them should not be deciding the future of the country. The Articles were an important piece in our history, because they defined our country as “united states”, and united citizens after the war. Americans needed guidance once the fighting had ceased, and the Articles provided just that.
    The Articles could have balanced out the powers of the government a little better, but overall, it was a good first draft for the basis of freedom.

    -MAtt

  27. Spencer said

    I disagree with this statement in many ways. The Articles of Confederation was incomplete, but it wasn’t simple in every way. The Articles of Confederation was a rough draft of The United States Constitution. For the first time, the U.S became a union. It may have been an incomplete union including 13 states, but it was the beginning of the government we have today. Before the Articles of Confederation, states acted as separate countries. There many flaws in the Articles of Confederation including the fact that most states had different currencies, which made it incredibly hard to trade. The Articles of Confederation was a start to what the U.S is today.

  28. simon said

    I believe the statement that “The Articles of Confederation is a thoroughly unimportant document because it was simplistic and incomplete.” is not true and unfair. I say this because the country was newly independent from a monarchy and the state representatives were rightly afraid of creating another form of government that was too strong. All governments need to keep making improvements over time and the Articles of Confederation was actually a very good first step. For example it created a Congress made up of all the states, and it set up a central government that would handle foreign policy and relations between the states. It also established a process where leaders can come together to make decisions for the whole country’s benefit. One of the big problems with the Confederation was that the government was too weak and unable to raise enough money to carry on big projects. Since the government leaders were wise enough to recognize the weaknesses and able to work together as representatives of the states and a federal government to make improvements the Articles served an important role in establishing the government we have today.

  29. Katie B said

    I disagree that the “Articles of Confederation is a thoroughly unimportant” because without the Articles of Confederation the 13 states may not have stayed united long enough to make a working government. The Articles were clearly not perfect but it gave the country a name and made us a Union. It bonded the states so that instead of being an Virgian they were America. Even though the government didn’t have a lot of power it was the beginning of a very strong government. The articles took care of the things they were worried about such as one person or group from becoming to powerful, and keeping the states bonded. Also the Articles set up a Congress which was huge and started the transformation from monarky to domacracy. The document had its flaws but accomplished what it needed to do and is the outline of what the U.S is today

  30. Hannah said

    I strongly disagree with this statement. The Articles of Confederation may have been simplistic and incomplete but they were a strong start to the forming of the United States. The Articles in my mind were like the foundation of a building. Over time the foundation grew into what is now known as the U.S. Constitution. The current U.S. Government would most definitely be different today if The Articles of Confederation had ceased to exsist. The U.S. states would have different currencies which would not only be extremely confusing but would make trade nearly impossible. The Articles of Confederation definitely needed editing but they were a crucial start to the forming of the United States.

  31. Phoebe said

    I disagree with the statement. The Articles of Confederation is one of the most important documents to the U.S. This is because it was one of the first efforts to keep the United States together with one government. The laws set in the document were able to hold the individual states as a single country. The document like all things gad it’s flaws, but the good things surpass them by far. For example, the states had too much individual power, but it was the first step to having a Constitution. We have the government we do today because of the Articles of Confederation, without the document and the effort to function as a country it symbolizes we wouldn’t of been able to go to make the Constitution. Clearly, the Articles of Confederation was a extremely important document to the United States of America.

  32. Fern said

    I disagree with the statement that “The Articles of Confederation is a thoroughly unimportant document because it was simplistic and incomplete.” The Articles of Confederation did not use great detail when explaining the laws it set forth, but it was the building block for the final constitution that followed. It was because of the Articles of Confederation that the states were brought together to create one nation. The Articles of Confederation also gave more power to the Government because the states had too much power. Over time, Americans realized that the Articles were not detailed enough, and were missing key points to be affective; but when creating the Constitution, the Articles were still used as the building block on which people relied on. Without the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution could have been written differently, because it did not have a building block to start with. The Articles of Confederation were very significant for creating a united nation, with an equal balance of power.

  33. Enrique Iglesias said

    I disagreee with this statement. Yes, the Articles were incomplete, but it was still very important. It was the first constitution of the United States, and in my opinion, the first constitution of any country is important. The Articles served as a foundation of the U.S. Constitution. The founding fathers learned from their mistakes and edited the Articles and made the Constitution. Without the Articles, our country today would be weak and incomplete. The Articles of Confederation served decently well when there were only 13 states. But it was not meant for a larger scale government

  34. Sophie said

    I disagree with this statement. I believe that the Articles of Confederation is very important because some parts of the U.S Constitution are based off of it so it obviously had many good points. Of course it did have some flaws such as there was no common currency, but overall the positives overpowered the negatives. Also, it was the first large form of government in the U.S so it was pretty much the beginning of the whole U.S union. The Articles brought the 13 states together which was a big stepping stone in making the union. However, the Articles of Confederation isn’t our Constitution now because it was very broad in its idea’s and the states had a little too much power. Overall, the Articles brought the states together to form a whole instead of just separate states.

  35. Seamus said

    I definitely do not agree with the fact that the Articles of Confederation were unimportant. Of course it was missing a few things, as most rough-drafts do. When our nation was starting out it needed something to use as “glue.” For this purpose, they made the Articles of Confederation. However, the Articles of Confederation did work out as well as they had hoped. When the writing of the United States Constitution took place, most of the items from the Articles of Confederation were put into the Constitution and more were added. It is because of these thoughts that I disagree with, “The Articles of Confederation is a thoroughly unimportant document because it was simplistic and incomplete.” To relate to real life, when making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich it’s always good to have the jelly. Sometimes, however people don’t use the jelly, for whatever reason, and is left with a peanut butter sandwich, it isn’t necessary to have the jelly, but it usually tastes better (others will argue.) And without the jelly it isn’t technically a peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. In this analysis the peanut butter and bread is the United States of America and the jelly is the Articles of Confederation. The sandwich needs the jelly just as our country needed the Articles of Confederation to hold us together.

  36. Ian said

    I disagree with the following statement.“The Articles of Confederation is a thoroughly unimportant document because it was simplistic and incomplete.” Its not that the AOC was simplistic, its that there was plenty of problems with the articles. For examples allowing each state to have their own currency was a big mistake. If every state coins their own money it first of all separates the states, and also makes the national currency worth close to nothing. Also the AOC was complete because it made a clear statement about the laws and organization of the US at that time. Anything that makes clear statements and laws is complete. But it depends by what someone would consider “a complete constitution”. I disagree with this statement because the AOC were complete and the statement is too vague. I’m Ian and I’m signing out, goodnight America.

  37. Eliza Dorsey said

    I disagree with this statement because The Articles of Confederation was the building block for the Constitution we have today. It helped structure the actual Constitution to help form the strong and successful government we have today. I believe that the flaws in the Articles of Confederation helped make the constitution stronger. For example, it was difficult to pass laws under The Articles of Confederation because nine out of the 13 states had to approve them first. This was difficult because getting nine states to all agree was extremely difficult. There for they knew when making The Constitution, the way of making a law must be changed. Also, congress couldn’t tax. This means that the states would have to give money, and they probably wouldn’t want to this. This meant that if Congress needed to anything that needed money, getting it would be difficult. This flaw also helped the Constitution stronger. Clearly, The Articles of Confederation had it’s weak points, but it helped build the Government we have today.

  38. Deirdre said

    I completely disagree with this statement. Even though the Articles of Confederation was simplistic and incomplete, it pulled the states together. This document was very important as it formed a new country. It was also a trial and error for the real Constitution. For example, it became apparent that a Judicial and Executive Branch were need, so they were added into the real Constitution. This then formed the Checks and Balances system that works so well under our Constitution. Also, Congress lacked taxing laws in the Articles, which meant the government couldn’t make money and the country couldn’t grow. This was foreseen, and therefor added into the Constitution. The Articles may seem simplistic and incomplete to us, but that’s because they were formed for the 13 states original, not the huge booming country America is now. That is what the Articles really did, make a solid foundation for the Constitution. America is fast past, and always changing, so the Constitution added in everything else we learned we needed from the Articles. Overall it is one of the most important documents of U.S history, because it showed that the states were trying to form together to new and idealist country. This document did just that, even with its flaws, it was the basis for our great country today.

  39. Tori said

    I disagree strongly with the statement because the Articles of Confederation were not unimportant. Yes, this document might of been simplistic and incomplete, but it is unfair to say that it was unimportant. One main reason the Articles were so important to our country was that they were the first promise to the people that one day, all of the states would join together to become one strong nation.It is true that the Articles of Confederation were not complete, but when the Constitution held many of the same ideas; the Articles were the first draft of our Constitution. I believe that it was unfair for the statement to be made because since the Articles were only first draft of the Constitution, they could not have been perfect. It is nearly impossible to get something perfect the first time you do something, that is why when the Articles were written they were not written flawlessly. In the long run, the Articles were also very important because they showed what should be added or taken away from document later written, the Constitution. Although the Articles of Confederation were not perfect, they did an excellent job of holding the states together for seven years.

  40. Michael Dalissandro said

    I disagree with this statement. For one the Articles of the confederation were the stepping stones to the constitution and without out it there would be no constitution and without the constitution America would not be the same. America is what it is because of our system of government. Without The Articles of the Confederation we would not be a country because The Articles of the Confederation helped bond the states together to create a country. The A of C helped unite the country. Even though there were many flaws in The Articles of Confederation is just a rough draft. This is why i believe that The Articles of The Confederation was such an important document in U.S. history.

  41. Youngeun Ahn said

    Although the Articles of Confederation was simplistic and incomplete, I wouldn’t say it was unimportant. It was important in many ways. Even if it wasn’t a very good constitution, we must remember that it was the first constitution ever to be made in America. It’s hard to get anything exactly right at once. You have to try again and again to become perfect. The Articles of Confederation was like a first draft- the Constitution is the second draft. We have to learn from mistakes. And it wasn’t like the Articles of Confederation was a complete failure- it achieved something very important. It UNITED the UNITED States of America. It made the states come together as one country.

  42. Emma said

    I disagree. The Articles of Confederation were the first constitution of our country. I made us one country. Not a bunch of states calling themselves a country. For the first time, we were as one. Yes, we were just starting out so we weren’t yet fully united but it was the first time that we actually showed a sign of becoming what our founding fathers wanted. It was incomplete but at least it was there.

  43. shoreemily said

    I disagree with the statement that stated that the Articles of Confederation was a thoroughly unimportant document because it was simplistic and incomplete. It may have been short, and lacking in some levels, but it did what our founding fathers wanted, and needed, to keep the USA together, and positive when they were just starting as a country. It also was written relatively quickly, so the founding fathers could put a lot of time and energy into what is now the Constitution.

  44. tapley said

    I diagree with this statement because the Articles weren’t unimportant, they may have been very flawed, but they were a good starting point. Without the Articles of Confederation, we wouldn’t have started the same, or figured out by trial and error how to have an effective government. The Articles of Confederation were simplistic and incomplete, but they were a good building block for our final constitution. Also our start may not have turned out the way we wished, but it was a good start, and now we know that it doesn’t work to have the states have so much control, for future knowledge, and now we won’t try again. Despite it’s flaws, the Articles of Confederation was a very important document in our history as the United States of America.

  45. Bissy said

    I disagree with this statement, because the Articles of Confederation were very important, and still are. Though the Articles had less cons then pros, they helped start our country off. They gave the country a name as well as brought the states together. It gave them structure and treaties between states had to go to government which made them more secure. In a way limiting the governments power was a good thing, in many ways it was bad, but the Articles should not be considered unimportant because of these reasons. A different system would have worked better but the Articles got our country to where it is today and that shouldn’t be forgoten. The articles were only steps to start off The Constitution. Though the Articles weren’t fully succesful, and haven’t been in full effect since 1788, they are no less important to The United States of America.

  46. catherine duval said

    I unquestionably disagree with the statement that ˝the Articles of Confederation is a thoroughly unimportant document because it was simplistic and incomplete˝. Without knowing its strengths and weaknesses, the U.S.A. could have never made a stronger government. Yes it had many flaws but it was a first draft of the strong nation this country has become. For example, when broken into small pieces, the preamble to the Constitution sums up all of the changes required to make to the articles to make a stronger government. This is proved in the first part when it states, ˝in order to form a more perfect union˝. Also, the preamble says that our Constitution would, ˝establish justice˝. This immediatley proved true by the additions of the executive and judicial branches. Furthermore, another part is proved when the preamble states, ˝ provide for the common defence˝. In the Articles of Confedertion there was no army. This was corrected in the constitution.
    When the Constitution was written, there were no such things as airplanes, computers, or most technology that we use in our everyday lives today. It has been 228 years since it was ratified by Maryland on February second, 1781. In those 228 years, only twenty seven amendments have been added to the constitution. This proves that the Constitution is durable enough to last through lots of change. The base of the Constitution was built off of the Articles of Confederation. Clearly the Articles of Confederation was important to this country´s growth.

  47. Troy said

    I disagree with the statement that The Articles of Confederation were unimportant. They were our first form of government, without them we would be nowhere with our government. They were not well put together, or well written, but they were better than what would have happened if we had used the same type of government that England had at the time. The Articles of Confederation was a great first start in the many steps of our wonderful government, and without them we could be in a country without freedom.

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