Articles of Confederation

Articles of Confederation aka Americas Rough Draft Constitution

The Articles of Confederation was America's first attempt at establishing a new government after The Revolutionary War. The Articles were made to be weak because we did not want another government that could abuse their power.
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Articles of Confederation Strengths

The Articles were the first written agreement and constitution of the U.S, they gave congress the power to deal with foreign affairs, declare war, declare peace, and form alliances.

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Articles of Confederation Weaknesses

The government had no power to regulate commerce or trade between the states, each state could put taxes on trade between states. National government didn't have power to tax. Revenue comes from states. Couldn't force states to obey its laws and taxation was ignored because they could not be enforced. No national army or navy. No national courts. Each state has own paper money

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North West Ordinance of 1787

The North west Ordinance or 1787 was an act of Congress United States. It has been decided in other acts that the western areas of the united states should be admitted as separate states, and that the currently admitted states would not be allowed to expand.
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Shays Rebellion

Shays rebellion is when a large group or even small army of farmers protested against taxes and not allowing courthouses to be active
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