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Title: Articles of Confederation


1
Articles of Confederation
  • Our First Draft of the Constitution A
    Blueprint for Government

2
Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation
  • No money and no power to get it!
  • - Congress had no power to tax could only
    request states to pay to support costs of
    national govt.
  • EX No way to pay debts from Revolutionary War
    (33 million)

3
Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation
  • No power over states their citizens!
  • Congress could not make laws to regulate behavior
    of citizens no way to make them obey
  • EX Loyalists protection of their property

4
Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation
  • No power to regulate trade!
  • - States refused to pay for imported goods
    other nations did not want to trade w/ the U.S.
  • - U.S. lost money due to not being able to sell
    goods to other nations

5
Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation
  • No power to regulate trade among states!
  • - States unfairly taxed other states for goods
    going through them
  • - Prevented productive trade worsened the
    economy

6
Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation
  • No national court system!
  • - No means of interpreting the national laws or
    judging those who broke them

7
Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation
  • No president exists!
  • - No one to ensure that laws passed by Congress
    were carried out

8
Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation
  • Too hard to make changes to Articles!
  • To change it needed unanimous vote!
  • To make laws in Congress 9 out of 13 states had
    to agree

9
Ultimate Weakness
  • No way to prevent states from turning into a
    tyranny of the majority there was nothing to
    protect the rights of the minority states!!!
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