Articles of Confederation

Hunter Hoyle - Civics

Introduction

The Articles of Confederation had many advantages, as well as many disadvantages that were not liked by many states. Different states had different opinions on how the government should work, and some agreed with the Articles of Confederation and others did not, such as Rhode Island. Nevertheless, the Articles of Confederation play a very important part in our nation's history.

Advantages of the Articles of Confederation:

- It included a unified army for the states.
- It set up a legislature where each state had one vote.
- It was able to build and control an army.
- It had the ability to deal with foreign countries on behalf of the states.

Disadvantages of the Articles of Confederation:

- The national government couldn't enforce laws so even if ratified, states could ignore them.
- The national government couldn't tax.
- It need 9 out of 13 states approval to pass a law.
- It needed all 13 states to amend a law.
- There was no executive or judicial branch.
- It caused the states to suffer economically especially when states would tax other states.