The Articles of Confederation

Its Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages of the Articles of Confederation

The Articles of Confederation was a reliable document that influenced the writing of our Constitution. The Articles:



  • set up a legislature (each state had one vote)
  • included an army for the states
  • could deal with foreign countries
  • held government together

Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation

While the Articles of Confederation held the government together, it was a thin bond that could easily fall apart. The Articles:



  • couldn't enforce laws
  • couldn't tax
  • didn't have an executive nor a judicial branch
  • needed 9/13 states' approvals to pass a law
  • needed all 13 states' approval to amend a law
  • caused states to suffer economically

Why did the writers of the Articles of Confederation want a weak central government?

I believe the writers of the Articles of Confederation were afraid of having a strong government that would not protect the rights of its citizens, like Britain.
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