Chapter 3 Lesson 1

A New Government: Rising and Falling

Articles of Confederation

5 weaknesses-


  1. Each state having own money
  2. Each state having own army
  3. States having more power then National gov.
  4. No court system
  5. Not being able to tax people

2 positives-



  1. The Ordinance of 1785 which gave us a way to survey the land
  2. Northwest Ordinance which outlawed slavery in new states

Shays' Rebellion

Daniel Shays was a farmer who fought in the war, but when he came back his farm was taken by the government. He became upset with this, and so he led a rebellion on the federal arsenal. He was quickly stopped, but gave the government a wake up call!