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aiding the Indians against the United States. John Jay clearly shows this inability of our government to enforce this demand in Document D. Lord Sheffield gives Britain reasons not to heed American demands in a pamphlet, which says England would eventually win America?s trade back eventually anyway. The foreign relations with these other nations humiliated the United States and changes needed to occur to reverse this division of the government. In between all of the faults there were good points to the Articles of Confederation. Most prominently, was the Northwest Ordinance. This effectively divided new land claims for territories. One section was always for a school, there could be no slavery, and there need to be 60,000 people before it could apply for statehood. Document E represents the effectiveness of the law. It settled many domestic disputes between states that greatly help unity in the nation. Also, compared to the European government?s of the time, the Articles were a much improved form to work with. Although a strong federation was needed, the states under the Articles of Confederation were a model for the idea of a loose confederation. There were not many, but there were some good elements to the Articles. The Articles of Confederation were a weak government that barely kept the states together during the 1780?s. Politically, economically, and in foreign policy, the government was not up to par. Politically, judicial and executive branches were desperately needed to balance the Legislative and to have uniform throughout the states. Economically, no money could be gained through taxes, debt was piling up, and states were not cooperating. Other nations did not pay attention to our demands and cut off trade. They tried to keep us small and insignificant. Foreign Policy was not a strong point either. All of these facts add up to one conclusion, the Articles of Confederation were not an effective government from 1781 to 1789.