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We have not a government : the Articles of Confederation and the road to the Constitution / George William van Cleve.

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Eckhart PL - Main 0.0 (Text) 840191002929611 Adult Nonfiction - Upper Level In process -

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  • ISBN: 022664152X
  • ISBN: 9780226641522
  • Physical Description: xix, 390 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2019.

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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The confederation's final years: a chronology -- Introduction -- The search for national identity -- War's aftermath -- America's postwar debts: public faith or anarchy? -- Republic and empire: the struggle over confederation taxes -- Protecting American commerce in an imperial world -- Western expansion strains -- "Astonishing" emigrations and western settlement conflicts -- The Spanish-treaty impasse and the union's collapse -- Internal divisions : state social conflicts -- Economic relief, social peace, and republican justice -- Shays's rebellion: the final battle of the American revolution? -- Confederation collapse and its consequences -- "The truth is, we have not a government" : confederation stalemate and the road to the Philadelphia convention -- Conclusion: the birth of the American empire.
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In 1783, as the Revolutionary War came to a close, Alexander Hamilton resigned in disgust from the Continental Congress after it refused to consider a fundamental reform of the Articles of Confederation. Just four years later, that same government collapsed, and Congress grudgingly agreed to support the 1787 Philadelphia Constitutional Convention, which altered the Articles beyond recognition. What occurred during this remarkably brief interval to cause the Confederation to lose public confidence and inspire Americans to replace it with a dramatically more flexible and powerful government? We Have Not a Government is the story of this contentious moment in American history.
Subject: United States. Articles of Confederation.
Constitutional history > United States > 18th century.
United States > Politics and government > 1775-1783.
United States > Politics and government > 1783-1789.
United States > History > 1783-1815.

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