Articles of Confederation

Erin Webb

Articles of Confederation

The Articles of Confederation was the first written constitution of the United States. The Articles of Confederation were the written document that established the functions of the national government after they separated from Great Britain. It established a weak central government.

Why Were The Articles so Weak?

The Articles of Confederation were made to be weak because people like Sam Adams, John Hancock, and Patrick Henry, thought that the central government would be too strong.

North West Ordinance of 1787

The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 was a government for the northwest territory. It also guaranteed that if any new state was to join the union, it would be equal to the other 13 states. This was considered one of the most important legislative acts acts of the Confederation Congress. The Northwest Land Ordinance protected civil liberties and outlawed slavery in new territories.

Strengths of the Articles of Confederation

  • Governed the nation during the Revolutionary war.
  • Negotiated the Treaty of Paris of 1783.
  • Land Ordinance of 1785.
  • Northwest Ordinance of 1787.

Weakness of the Articles of Confederation

  • Lacked power to enforce laws.
  • Lacked power to levy laws.
  • Lacked power to control trades among states.