Advantages and Disadvantages

Of the Articles of Confederation

Advantages

1. Included a unified army for the states.

2. Set up a legislature where each state had one vote.

3. Was able to build and control an army.

4. Could deal with foreign countries on behalf of the states.

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Disadvantages

1. The national government couldn't enforce laws, so even if they were ratified, the states could ignore them.

2. Under the Articles of Confederation, the government was unable to tax.

3. 9 out of the 13 states would have to approve in order to pass a law.

4. They would need all 13 to amend a law.

5. There was no executive or judicial branch under the Articles.

6. The states suffered economically when each state started taxing one another and hurting trade.

7. Failed to establish a strong central government.

Reason I feel the designers created a government with a weak central government.

I think the designers of the Articles of Confederation created a weak central government because they could have been afraid that the government could become too powerful and take over the people. I also believe that the states would not want to give up their independence to a strong central government.
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