Articles of Confederation

What are the Articles of Confederation?

The Articles of Confederation is Americas first form of government. However this form of government this did not make the citizens happy so it was unseccessful. The Articles of Confederation was very weak.

Strengths and weaknesses of the Articals


  1. They governed the nation during the Revolutionary War
  2. Negotiated the Treaty of Paris of 1785
  3. The Land Ordinance of 1785
  4. The Northwest Ordinance of 1787


  1. They lacked power to enforce the laws
  2. They lacked power to envy taxes
  3. They lacked power to control trade among the states
  4. All of the 13 states had to vote the same thing to make any change
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Causes and Effects of Shay's Rebellion


  • Congress had a money shortage
  • Farmers could not pay taxes/debts
  • The farmers were thrown in jail


  • Americans realized that their government was weak
  • Congress call for a convection
  • People like Madison see a need for a strong government
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North West Ordinance of 1787

The North West Ordinance of 1787 is when the Confederation Congress passed an act that allowed territory from the Atlantic Ocean to the Ohio River.

Positive Effects

  • We had room for expansion
  • We finally had some land for education

Negative Effects

  • Caused conflicts between the Americans and the Indians
  • Indians killed lots of Americans and were still frustrated
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