Articles of Confederation

Advantages and Disadvantages by Bridget Garner

Definition of Articles of Confederation

This was a written agreement by the thirteen original states in 1787. The Articles of Confederation was a legal symbol of their union by giving the central government no coercive power over the states or their citizens.

Strengths of the Articles of Confederation

  • Had the ability to deal with foreign countries on behalf of the states
  • Was able to build and control and army
  • set up a legislature where each state had one vote
  • It encourages coordination and corporation between different states and they can settle disputes between the states

Weakness's of the Articles of Confederation

  • National government couldn't enforce laws
  • national government couldn't tax
  • needed 9 out of 13 states approval to pass a law
  • needed all 13 in order to amend a law
  • no executive or judicial branch
  • caused the states to suffer economically
They created a government with a weak central government because the people wanted to have a say in the government. They didn't want to go back to the government they once were under without having any control.