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Title: The Creation of the First Government of the United States: The Articles of Confederation


1
The Creation of the First Government of the
United StatesThe Articles of Confederation
2
We Need to Begin with a Basic Understanding of
Human Beings
  • People tend to be
  • Lazy
  • Unmotivated
  • Not trustworthy
  • Searching for the easy way out

3
Discussion Question
  • According to the Declaration of Independence, all
    human beings have three rights that cannot be
    taken away from us. What are these rights?

4
Discussion Question
  • What is a government?

5
Discussion Question
  • Who acts as your government on a daily basis?

6
Discussion Question
  • What are the characteristics/traits of a good
    government?

7
Discussion Question
  • What are the characteristics of a bad government?

8
Discussion Question
  • What are some ways the government affects your
    life?

9
Discussion Question
  • Do we need a government? Why or why not?

10
Where are we now?
  • The United States has just won their freedom from
    Britain by fighting the American Revolutionary
    War
  • The Treaty of Paris (1783) states that the U.S.
    controls all lands up to the Mississippi River
    except for Florida (Spain)
  • Each state is very different in religion,
    climate, culture, economics, and government

11
Where are we now?
  • The United States really has not created a
    government because the Continental Congress,
    which met in Philadelphia, did not have time
    because they were fighting the war
  • We have just fought our number one trading
    partner
  • The U.S. is broke, has no federal police force,
    court system, or prison system.
  • WE NEED A GOVERNMENT!

12
The First U.S. Government
  • The Articles of Confederation
  • Made very weak on purpose
  • No executive branch (cannot enforce laws)
  • No Judicial branch (No court system)
  • Cannot collect taxes (no income to pay for
    services)
  • Allows each state to produce it own money
  • Sold land for money (what happens when we run
    out)
  • The A of C are a disaster!
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