The Articles of Confederation – Lies – Extra History

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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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  1. Extra Credits

    June 17, 2017 at 1:36 pm

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

    Support Extra History on Patreon:
    Listen to the Articles of Confederation theme music, "Article 11:"
    Check out this gorgeous poster made by series artist, Lil Chan!

  2. MaxthexPfarmer

    June 17, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Do a one-off on Shays's Rebellion! I would love to watch it!

  3. meyyyw

    June 17, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    stop lining to us , just kidding i love your work

  4. Maldus Alver

    June 17, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Surprised you forgot about the Whiskey Rebellion, that was a major event and contribution to the dissolving of the Articles of Confederation and the draft of the Confederation.

  5. kenichi 2233

    June 17, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    there are only two genders

  6. GreyWolfLeaderTW

    June 17, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Slavery was not and has never been unique in the Americas (one need only look at the slave/sacrifice capuring wars waged by the Aztecs for example, and the common practice of Northern American Indians in enslaving former enemies after defeating them in battle). Nor was it unique anywhere in the rest of the world. China was once referred to as the largest slave market on Planet Earth. Many Southeast Asian cities were overwhelmingly made up of slaves, Africans enslaved each other regularly like Indians in North America, and everyone from Arabs to Romans enslaved the Slavs (from which both most Western languages as well as Arabic get their word for "slave").
    The only thing unique about American slavery was that it involved slaves from another continent separate from the one that the slave masters originated from. And this was unprecedented because no civilization before (with the possible exception of Rome and China) had the technology and explorative knowledge to reach out and enslave people of different races and bring them back to work in the enslaver's homeland. Most slavery in human history was practiced between people of different tribes but of the same race (such as the Ancient Semites of the Levant, most famous of which are the Egyptians and Hebrews), due to the simple restrictions of geography limiting which groups a dominate society could pick off vulnerable slaves from.

    The 3/5ths Rule was a clever compromise designed by the American delegates to try to wean the South off slavery by granting free blacks a full representation in the House of Representatives (and thus Southern states political power would grow with the more slaves they freed).
    Slaves only counted as 3/5ths of a person for purposes specifically of appropriating Representatives to the federal House of Representatives.
    Hardly a bad thing when you think about it, because if slaves were granted full counting as a person for matters of representation, then the South would have been more powerful in the federal government and be better able to stonewall attempts to restrict slavery and may have even had the clout to increase states where slavery was legal.

  7. Norman G.

    June 17, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    that Act Raiser jingle <3

  8. Victor Mapping

    June 17, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    N O W T H E P H O E N I C I A N S C A N G E T D O W N T O B U S I N E S S !

  9. Jaden Asher

    June 17, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Theses "Lies" segments are arguably more informative than the actual episodes sometimes! If you already have a working knowledge of the events then these these videos are a wellspring of extra knowledge on the subjects. Not to say James doesn't know his stuff, but Soraya has an incredible grasp on history.

  10. Marcus Tullius Cicero

    June 17, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Sea peoples are from Italy.

  11. P K

    June 17, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    40 minutes? But the series onlky went around that time, does that mean… everything was a lie? 😮

  12. MothMizzle

    June 17, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    10:05 using the land value to determine taxes means little states like Delaware or Massachusetts paid significantly less than big states like Virginia or New York. Taxes would later be determined by population. The 3/5ths Compromise means Southern states can use their slaves to boost their representation, but the more population you have the more taxes you pay. The South gets to use their slaves to gain disproportionate political power, but is slightly discouraged from maximizing that potential.

  13. Lucas Duberger-Deret

    June 17, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    The Bronze age collapse thing looks very interesting! I can't wait to hear you guys talk about it!

  14. wswordsmen

    June 17, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Yet you don't acknowledge you refereed to United States as a unit that existed during the story. It wasn't it was 13 sovereign states acting together, more or less. The treaty that ended the war never makes reference to the United States because that was born with the constitution.

  15. Raenir Salazar

    June 17, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Does walpole have any living descendants?

  16. Joshua Sweetvale

    June 17, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    "I vill be asking ze questions here!"

  17. Elena Beatrice Martinelli

    June 17, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks to Extra Credits I feel a little more intelligent by learning so much stuff. Thank you a lot!

  18. Raenir Salazar

    June 17, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    What's interesting about the discussion about ending slavery for economic reasons is that, well, economic reasons exist! There are logical reasons for ending slavery to increase prosperity but in works of fiction, like in A Song of Ice and Fire, absolutely no one seems capable of elaborating these sorts of logic despite clear evidence. E.g Westerosi peasants are clearly wealthier than slaves, so given equal population westeros is clearly wealthier.

  19. Đorđe Milić

    June 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Do next episode about Serbian revolution !

  20. Thomas Noble

    June 17, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Anyone else notice that the area of wall left of Soraya's head looks like Africa?

  21. Samm Just

    June 17, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    There is a possibility that the Canada clause in the Articles of Confederation is still law since the Constitution only replaces the Articles in areas that it directly covers

  22. Sword of Tauberg

    June 17, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Please do an episode on either slavery throughout colonial and US history, Reconstruction and backlash against it, or W.E.B. Dubois.

  23. Adam Picard

    June 17, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    On Canada, there was also the little issue of American invasions into Quebec during the Revolution (in 1775, one led by Benedict Arnold of all people).

    The Revolution is…one of those topics that is extraordinarily broad with so many parts tied in with the story, I imagine one of the greatest challenges was figuring out what to keep in and what to keep out. I think that's the master skill of the greatest historians and storytellers, figuring out what details are necessary for the story to be told. Even my favorite Civil War book, Battle Cry of Freedom, fails with this at times. It's a tough task, and for topics like Slavery and the horrible relationship between the US Government(s) and Native American tribes, a cursory mention or glance is nowhere near enough time.

  24. Victor Friedlander

    June 17, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Probably one of the most powerful motivations for the representatives of the Southern States to argue to expansion of slave holding into the West, was the destructive effect of cotton cultivations on soil fertility…For example, by the end of the 18th century Georgia was almost completely farmed out.

  25. Leonardo Franzin Ribeiro

    June 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Feature History did a video on the 7 years war. So you may wanna check it out.

  26. Spencer Francis

    June 17, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Yay for RI!!

  27. Shiloh

    June 17, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Hey guys, I love your "lies" episodes and extra history in general, and I would love to read more into these topics and stuff you had to skip over.  In short, can you post what books or sources you used in these videos so I can read up more on these topics? Thanks!

  28. bram druenen

    June 17, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Correct me if i am wrong, but is the war of the Spanish succesion not the first world war?

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