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obtained from: http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/articles.html
History of the Articles:The Articles of Confederation were written by Thomas Jefferson and the rest of the Second Continental Congress to separate the new United States of America from their old "Mother Country" Britain after the Revolution.What was in the Articles?Under the Articles, the US government set up a legislature where each state had one vote in all government matters. It also allowed the government to build and control an army. The government also had the ability to have relations with other countries on behalf of the states.What were the Weaknesses of the Articles?The national government was very weak under the Articles. For example, the government could pass laws, but the states didn't have to follow them. Also, the national government couldn't tax the states, and needed 9 out of 13 of the states approval to pass a law, and 13 out of 13 of the states approval to amend a law. Another problem was that the government didn't have an executive or judicial branch in government- just a legislature.
Articles of Confederation: served as the first constitution of the United States of America- originally the 13 colonies
Kelsey BelkArticles of Confederation
For more information on the Articles of Confederation, go to: http://www.congressforkids.net/Independence_articles.htm
Advantages and Disadvantages of the Articles!!
Shay's RebellionIn 1786, Massachusetts was taxing their state greatly. Daniel Shay felt this was unfair and led 1200 MA farmers to protest at a federal arsenal.Why weak central gov?The Articles of Confederation probably proposed a very weak central government because of the nation's last debacle with a strong leader- Britain. Under Britain's extreme power, the colonies ended up in a revolution. The writers of the Constitution probably took that into consideration while writing for the new government, making it weak as to not end in another revolution.
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