The nationalist movement for a stronger government was not a reaction to excesses following the revolution, rather, it was a reaction to inadequacies. The Articles of Confederation gave the United States Congress almost no power in making decisions that would determine the laws of the country and taxation. The nationalist movement led to the constitutional convention that founded the United States Constitution that ultimately replaced the Articles of Confederation.
Under the Articles of Confederation, Congress
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demands. When news of this unrest in Massachusetts spread throughout the country, many delegates were persuaded to attend the Philadelphia meeting to draft a new constitution.
These events helped the nationalists change people’s minds; they could not blame the Confederation but they thought stronger central government could have brought more stability to the country. Contrary to being a reaction to excesses, it was a last ditch attempt to salvage the United States of America.