The Articles of Confederation

The Structure, Power, and Problems

The Structure and Powers of the Government

Under the Articles of Confederation the central government was congress. The only power that the central government could do was control the military and make treaties with other countries. The states have most of the power. Each state had their own constitution and branches of government.

The weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation

The weaknesses of the articles are the central government could not enforce any of the laws that they passed in congress. Also the central government could not tax the people to pay back the war debt that collected over the time of the revolution. There wasn't any form of federal court system for the federal crimes that were being broken. And finally the central government could not regulate trade between the states and with other countries.