Huenemoerder - Chapter 03
there have not been wanting, in the late political
discussion, those, who were hardy enough to assert, that the proposed
general government was the wicked and traitorous fabrication of the
Cincinnati. - George Washington
BY THEMSELVES, THE ACCUSATIONS against the Society of the Cincinnati
were problematic enough. They introduced further controversy and
distrust into the young nation that had more than its share of troubles
already. However, the outcry against the Cincinnati also affected the
arguably most important political debate of the Confederation period,
namely the various efforts to reform the Articles of Confederation.
Over the course of the decade, the controversy was partly responsible
for the failure of efforts to grant Congress the power to raise an
impost, and eventually even overshadowed the debate over the
ratification of the Constitution.