Articles of Conferderation
The Northwest Ordinance of 1787
The Northwest Ordinance allowed a territory with the population of 60,000 or more to create a constitution and apply for statehood. Some strengths of the Northwest Ordinance were that all settlers would have the same rights and privileges as other citizens, slavery is banned in the territory, and when a territory has 5,000 free adult males it can elect a legislature.
Congress was having a money shortage and farmers were not able to pay their taxes. The farmers who were unable to pay their taxes were thrown in prison. Daniel Shays led a rebellion in order to show everyone what the government has become. At the end of his rebellion many Americans realized the government was weak, which lead to congress calling for a convention. The convention then lead to the Great Compromise of 1787