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congress under the articles of confederation could not levy tax or regulate trade. then the constitution stepped in and said congress could tax and trade with other nations. i want to know how giving rights to congress helped the nation. i know taxing helped the country out of debt but what else. i kind of need more


Since this is not my area of expertise, I searched Google under the key words "constitution congress tax trade" to get these possible sources:

http://www.senate.gov/civics/constitution_item/constitution.htm
http://www.law.cornell.edu/anncon/html/art1frag28_user.html
http://www.tax.org/Museum/1777-1815.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Article_One_of_the_United_States_Constitution
http://www.ttb.gov/about/history.shtml
http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/a1_10_2s11.html
http://www.4dnet.com/~wongway/congress/powers.html

I hope this helps. Thanks for asking.


You wrote:

congress under the articles of confederation could not levy tax or regulate trade.

This sentence would be less awkwardly phrased by simply moving the adjective phrase to the very beginning of the sentence -- thus:

Under the Articles of Confederation, Congress could not levy taxes or regulate trade.

Phrased this way, the subject is not separated from its verb, and the sentence reads more smoothly.

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You wrote:

then the constitution stepped in and said congress could tax and trade with other nations.

It sounds as if the Constitution were a person -- it "stepped in and said ..." That's just not good phrasing in an academic paper. It would be better to write that, once the Constitution was accepted, the federal government "could tax and trade ..."

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