Articles of Confederation

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Advantages

  • Unified army for the states
  • A legislature was set up where each state had one vote
  • Was able to build and control an army
  • Had the ability to deal with foreign countries on behalf of the states
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Disadvantages

  • National government couldn't tax
  • National government couldn't enforce laws
  • States could tax one another
  • No executive branch
  • Needed 9 out of 13 states approval to pass a law
  • Needed all 13 states in order to amend a law
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The designers of the Articles of Confederation created a weak central government because they were trying to distribute more power to the states. They didn't want to have one person in power like the British king.