Jan. 9, 2021

Articles of Confederation - Doomed From the Start

Articles of Confederation - Doomed From the Start

An episode all about our first draft of government - the Articles of Confederation! Including what led to it's eventual failure.


This week I talk about the first draft in United States Government - the Articles of Confederation.

Banded together in their quest to defeat the British, the colonies established a basic framework to formalize their current power structure. Nervous about centralizing power, the framers were focused on vesting as much authority as possible into the individual states. However, a series of events known as Shays Rebellion helped put into focus just why a centralized government would be needed if the republic was going to remain standing.

Sources Used This Episode:

  • The Quartet by Joseph Ellison
  • You Don't Know Much About History by Kenneth C Davis
  • The John Dickinson Draft of the Articles of Confederation by Jane E Calvert, The Panorama (LINK)