Strengths And Weaknesses Of The Articles Of Confederation

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By the year of 1787 it was evident that the union between the thirteen states was unraveling and a change was needed to save the country. The Articles of Confederation were weak and the need for a new governing document was evident.
The Articles of Confederation and the new Constitution of 1787 differed in almost every aspect. These articles created a loose confederation of independent states, while allotting the central government regulated powers. Under these articles, the federal government would be comprised of a single house of Congress, while each state had one vote. Congress had the power to set up a postal department, to estimate the costs of the government and request donations from the states. These donations could be used to create armed forces and to regulate the development of the western territories. Congress needed the votes of nine out of the thirteen states to coin, borrow, or appropriate money as well as declare war and create treaties with other nations.
Although the Articles had some strengths, it’s weaknesses outweighed them and are what essentially led to its downfall. The federal government had little power and was unable to enforce laws. The Continental Congress had borrowed money during the Revolutionary war and was unable to pay those debts. Another weakness of the Articles of Confederation was brought to light in 1786, by Shay’s Rebellion. The rebellion protested increasing debt and the economic chaos. Under the Articles, the national
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