Articles of Confederation

Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages

  • National Gov't could declare war and make peace.
  • Allowed formation of new states.
  • First US constitution.
  • Congress manage Native American affairs.

Disadvantages

  • National Gov't didn't have the power to tax.
  • National Gov't didn't have the power to enforce laws.
  • Each States issued its own currency.
  • States could tax merchandise coming from other states.
  • Lack of leadership roles in congress.
  • No national army or navy.
  • Weak central Gov't due to the fear of an Iron clad hold like Britain's gov't.