An unread American attempts to tackle great literature
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
The Articles of Confederation
About the time the Declaration of Independence was being signed, the Continental Congress was writing up our first constitution, which would be known as "The Articles of Confederation". This document united the states into a single country, but it was not approved officially by all the states until 1781.
Not to be confused with the "Constitution of the United States", this agreement established a weak federal system, which reminds me of an early "European Union". There was no president, no national court system, the states could raise their own militias and states could coin their own money (value was set by the Fed however).
There were thirteen articles in all. I found article eleven amusing as it states no colonies can enter the union without the approval of the other states except...Canada! Canada has free admission to the union if they want to join, but I guess they turned us down.
Overall, it was not a very strong union, but it was enough to get us started.
Concerning Civil Government; Locke
Sense and Sensibility; Austen
Don Quixote; Cervantes
Anna Karenina; Tolstoy
On the Road; Kerouac
Great Expectations; Dickens
Classics Finished in 2011
The Plague; Camus
The Stranger; Camus
The Social Contract; Rosseau
The Spirit of Laws; Montesquieu
Henry IV parts 1 & 2; Shakespeare
Madame Bovary; Flaubert
The Prince; Machiavelli
Summa Theologica; Aquinas
The Fountainhead; Rand
Classics Finished in 2010
The Annals; Tacitus
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance; Pirsig
New Testament; Gospel of Matthew, Acts of the Apostles