What Were The Weaknesses Of The Loose Confederation?

976 Words4 Pages
The American Revolution ended in 1783, and with it, the fight for independence. Independence was sorely gained, as there were now internal problems to deal within the new nation. Setting up a legitimate government was one of the most pressing issues even during the revolution, and so the Articles of Confederation was adopted in 1777. The Articles did not last, and rather than amend them, an entirely new governing document was written. It enhanced the powers of Congress and set up other federal branches of government. The feebleness of Congress was a major weakness of the Articles of Confederation. When the Articles of Confederation were adopted in 1777, they created a “loose confederation” of states (Pageant, 181). This meant that each state was independent and sovereign, linked by Congress only to deal with common problems and foreign affairs. Congress was meant to be part of a united central power of the government, but due to the abuse suffered from the king, the states so limited the powers of the central government to the point of powerlessness. Congress was unable to deal with issues of commerce. There was no way to impose a uniform tariff policy. The states were given the rights to make their own laws regarding tariffs and navigation. Consequently, many of the states had conflicting laws and collected taxes from each other. British manufactures also brought their surplus goods to the American market, so certain states “deliberately lowered their tariffs to attract
Get Access