Module 3 Lesson 1 Practice Activity

Advantages and Disadvantages of the Articles

The Articles

The articles was drawn up by the Second Continental Congress. On March 4, 1789, the Articles were replaced with the U.S. Constitution. It was an agreement among the 13 founding states that made the United States of America as a confederation of sovereign states and served as the first constitution.

Disadvantages and Advantages of the Articles

There were many advantages for the founding 13 states.

-It included a unified army for the states.

-Had the ability to control and build an army.

-Had the ability to deal and trade with foreign countries on the behalf of the 13 founding states.

- It also built up a legislature where each state had one vote.

There were also many disadvantages due to the articles

-National Government couldn't enforce laws.

- National Government couldn't tax.

-Needed 9 out of 13 states approval in order to pass a law.

- No executive or judicial branch of government.
- Hurt the economy when tax on trade came about.