The Articles of Confederation – Lies – Extra History

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Articles of Confederation gave the United States their name, but even beyond that, they exposed many of the issues that would underlie this new nation for the rest of its history. James Portnow interviews series writer Soraya Een Hajji about the Articles of Confederation!
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Before the U.S. Constitution was the law of the land, there were the Articles of Confederation. Find out why they didn’t last long.

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  1. Extra Credits says:

    Did you forget about the Articles of Confederation? We didn't! It's time for Lies!

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  2. monkeyship74401 says:

    Not part of this one except the mention at the very end. Bronze age collapse. I do wonder if it was related to a section of 650 or so C.E. when Krakatoa messed with the climate for several years. I saw another video that covered that cool spell and they went into the widespread famine etc. And now back to our regular programming. Thank you for all of your efforts. You have presented history in a more manageable format. I promise to keep watching if you will keep uploading.

  3. Gyrre says:

    No mention of the plague that wiped out 75% to 90% of the Native American population?

  4. Binyamin Tsadik says:

    Can you do the war of 1812 next?

  5. Maqsood Dinajihad says:

    who is that james ur sister?

  6. Mr. Muffins says:

    they actually got the flag right

  7. James K. Polk says:

    We ain't cool den?

  8. hermanappelgren says:

    I love this Q&A format of the lies episodes. Having two knowledgable people discuss gives these a lot more depth than merely replying to viewer's questions about flags. E.g. the discussion about how to handle issues that are closely related to the topic but deserves more than a mention in passing was great, and I don't think it would have been possible without this format!

  9. 1320crusier says:

    Theres a whole list of reasons for the split:

    He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
    He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and
    pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent
    should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to
    attend to them.
    He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large
    districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of
    Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and
    formidable to tyrants only.
    He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual,
    uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records,
    for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his
    He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness of his invasions on the rights of the people.
    He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause
    others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of
    Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise;
    the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of
    invasion from without, and convulsions within.
    He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
    He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
    He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
    He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
    He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
    He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
    He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
    For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
    For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any
    Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
    For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
    For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
    For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
    For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province,
    establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its
    Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for
    introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
    For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
    For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
    He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
    He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
    He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries
    to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun
    with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the
    most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized
    He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
    He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has
    endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless
    Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished
    destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
    In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress
    in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered
    only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by
    every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

  10. Dallen9 says:

    I'll just say this the 3/5 Compromise is a compromise that deals with the counting of slaves and other Noncitizens of the United States. The Darkest secret of the United States is that the 3/5 Compromise is still in effect even though the 13th Amendment Outlaw's slavery it does not completely get rid of the 3/5 compromise.

  11. Marcus Jacobs says:

    This stuff is a breath of fresh air for me. Discussing some juicy history with the humility to correct your mistakes, and talking about politically loaded topics with clear-headedness? I love it! Keep it up 🙂

  12. sabata2 says:

    So… given a majority of this "Lies" episode was dedicated to "What wasn't covered", why don't we start calling these episodes "Lies & What We Missed"?

  13. bane dragon says:

    Nova scotia, wooohhh

  14. Michael Morris says:

    Oooh, I love the bronze age collapse. I've read a great series by The Great Courses Plus called 1077 about it, and there's just so much going on in there!

  15. Sasha Whitefur says:

    Big Ben, is the bell in the belltower,: only heard, but seldom seen.

  16. timlamiam says:

    lol the look on James' face when the girl suggested to do the Seven Years' War from all the different perspectives. It's like he's thinking "O god, imagine the amount of work that is."

  17. Joseph Storey says:

    It's not Big Ben, it was Saint Steven's (back then) but now is Elizabeth's tower.

    Big Ben is just a nickname for the bell.

  18. Fredrik Lundring says:

    Can you talk about Bismark the man

  19. Nqina Dlamini says:

    Thak you.
    Can't wait for the Bronze Age collapse.

  20. Frank Harr says:

    Yay! Lies!

    What a nice dress.

    Both New York AND New Hampshire claimed Vermont.

    Also, something doesn't have to be NICE to be successful.

  21. Tina Intardonato says:

    This was very informative. I had always wondered what exactly the Articles of Confederation were for, as it isn't discussed alot like the Constitution is. The impression I got from this video and the fact that the Articles of Confederation fell short of meeting the needs of the new United States. That limitation argument could also be used against the "States Rights" argument that a lot of those in the conservative party use when wanting to limit certain Federal Government powers. The Articles of Confederation fell short of meeting the needs of the country because none of the individual states agreed on specific laws, and for that same reason, leaving important decisions about civil rights, women's rights, worker rights, LGBTQ rights, etc. up to the individual states also doesn't work.

  22. Peter Luk says:

    Something that Trump should know before acting like a spoiled orangutan!

  23. Bruce Long says:

    Let us know when you get your doctorate, Paul.

  24. Adam R J Potter says:

    Very interesting 🙂

  25. Ben Jensen says:

    Looking good Paul. The history channel should make more of these videos with real history and some humor mixed in

  26. Corey Messick says:

    Funny, I haven't made one penny from MY YouTube comment sections, no wonder they're a ghost town.

  27. Corey Messick says:

    So what do loud, obnoxious, inconsiderate noises have to do with this again???

  28. vigneshraj G says:


  29. plwk says:

    Lookin gud Paul! There…done

  30. Nathanael Raynard says:

    look'n good

  31. Jesse Ventura says:


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