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After the revolution, this gave the states freedom and independence. There was a comitee of delegates of representatives from each state.
* "this" = ??
* freedom from what?
* independence to do what?
* (spelling of "committee")
* representatives did what?
Maybe this was effective in how it showed the states that they were not going to be controlled, like a monarchy, and this helped bring the states together.
* by whom would they not be controlled
how is a monarchy different from what they were setting up?
* how did the states remain separate states and still come together?
Perhaps the most important power that Congress was denied was the power of taxation: Congress could only request money from the states. Understandably, the states did not generally comply with the requests in full, leaving the confederation chronically short of funds. The states and the national congress had both incurred debts during the war, and paying congressional debts became a major issue.
Nevertheless, the Continental Congress did take two actions with lasting impact. The Land Ordinance of 1785 established the general land survey and ownership provisions used throughout later American expansion. The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 noted the agreement of the original states to give up western land claims and cleared the way for the entry of new states.
Once the unity demanded by the Revolutionary War became unnecessary, the Continental Army was largely disbanded. A very small national force was maintained to man frontier forts and protect against Indian attacks. Meanwhile, each of the states had an army (or militia), and 11 of them had navies. The wartime promises of bounties and land grants to be paid for service were not being met. In 1783, Washington defused the Newburgh conspiracy, but riots by unpaid Pennsylvania veterans forced the Congress to leave Philadelphia on June 21."