Additionally, during Shays' Rebellion (August 1786 – June 1787) in Massachusetts, Congress could provide no money to support an endangered constituent state.
Internationally, the Articles of Confederation did little to enhance the United States' ability to defend its sovereignty. Barbary pirates began seizing American ships of commerce; the Treasury had no funds to pay their ransom.
Most of the troops in the 625-man United States Army were deployed facing – but not threatening – British forts on American soil. If any military crisis required action, the Congress had no credit or taxing power to finance a response.
S., and named each of the American states, various individual states proceeded blithely to violate it.
New York and South Carolina repeatedly prosecuted Loyalists for wartime activity and redistributed their lands.
When a state produced only one member in attendance, its vote was not counted.
If a state's delegation were evenly divided, its vote could not be counted towards the nine-count requirement.
In no formal sense was it a gathering representative of existing colonial governments; it represented the dissatisfied elements of the people, such persons as were sufficiently interested to act, despite the strenuous opposition of the loyalists and the obstruction or disfavor of colonial governors.
The process of selecting the delegates for the First and Second Continental Congresses underscores the revolutionary role of the people of the colonies in establishing a central governing body.
It is regarded as the oldest written and codified constitution in force of the world.
The majority of the seventeen later amendments expand individual civil rights protections.
They had not been paid; some were deserting and others threatening mutiny. Domestically, the Articles of Confederation was failing to bring unity to the diverse sentiments and interests of the various states.