The Articles of Confederation

Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages

  • To declare war and make peace.
  • To coin and borrow money
  • To detail with foreign countries and sign treaties
  • To operate post offices
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Disadvantages

  • The national government could not force the states to obey its laws.
  • It did not have the power to tax
  • It did not have the power to enforce laws
  • Congress lacked strong and steady leadership
  • There was no national army or navy
  • There was no system of national courts
  • Each state could issue its own paper money
  • Each state could put tariffs on trade between states.
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