*The Articles of COnfederation* Did the Articles of Confederation provide an adequate form of government for the United States?

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The fundamental definition of an effective government is one in which there is political stability with the preservation of democracy, economic growth and confidence, social mobility and order, and a foreign relations policy in which trade is allowed to boom and safety is imperative. The form of government created after the American Revolution, the Articles of Confederation was a one-house congress but it did not have an independent executive or an independent judiciary. This form of government, although it was slightly effective through some foreign relations and in providing social mobility to certain people, the bulk of the evidence proves that it was largely ineffective economically, as well as in most foreign policy and in giving the nation political stability.

Although most of the evidence leads one to believe otherwise, the Articles of Confederation did provide a slightly beneficial foreign policy. In diplomatic matters, the United States Minister acted politely, firmly, and rationally-all qualities in which an effective foreign policy most employ.

The Articles of Confederation also provided social mobility through reforms. The law of primogeniture was abolished after the war, which had a social impact because it made second and third sons, as well as first daughters more important.

However, the vast majority of evidence points to the fact that the Articles of Confederation were an ineffective form of government, especially economically. In the years leading up to the revolution, even on its eve, the United States was exporting millions of dollars worth of goods to England, however, after the war, with the Articles of Confederation in place, the quality of living went down. In addition, the Articles of Confederation could barely afford to keep an army together, and could not pay those who were protecting this juvenile country. The fact that the government couldn't even pay for...