Time to Start Over

A New Government

Articles of Confederation

The Articles of Confederation were bad for many reasons. It was bad because:

  • The US had no national government
  • The government couldn't tax people
  • Our relations with Spain and England were bad
  • Each state had there own money
  • The states had too much power
But it was good because:

  • They came up with a way to survey land
  • They outlawed slavery in some northern States


Constitution- A written plan of government

Bicameral- Legislature with two houses

Confederation- States that come together for a common purpose

Shay's Rebellion

Daniel Shay was a farmer, upset because his farm was being taken away. It was ten times worse because he had just come back from war. He went with his other farmer buddies to go to a federal arsenal and attacked. But they were held down. This was a big wake-up call to start a new government.