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The Articles of Confederation

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Transcript of The Articles of Confederation

The Articles of Confederation
The Articles of Confederation
1776 - 1787
Why did the Articles of Confederation
Federalism
National Level Gov't (Federal Gov't)
Why were the Articles of Confederation Weak?
America's first constitution (that's right, we had two constitutions!).
FAIL?
The Articles of Confederation failed because
THE FEDS WERE TOO WEAK
(OR the states were too strong.)
The Articles of Confederation failed because the feds were too weak.

The Articles of Confederation failed because the feds were too weak.
The Articles of Confederation failed because the feds were too weak.
State Level Gov't (State Gov't)
USA
- the division of power between the national and state governments.
The Founding Fathers had to decide how much power each government was going to have.
The Founding Fathers deliberately made the Articles of Confederation weak because they were afraid of a powerful federal government.
The federal gov't was given very little power and the states were more like independent nations.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
one branch of gov't
no leader
no court system
no taxes
no army
no national currency
no way to control interstate trade
9 out of 13 votes were required to make new laws
13/13 votes were needed to pass amendments to the A of C
The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 - gives the federal gov't the ability to expand the U.S. It sets up the rules for statehood.
Shay's Rebellion 1787
revealed the fears that the wealthy property owners had regarding "mob rule"
Alexander Hamilton wrote a Federalist Paper defending the need for a stronger federal authority
Anapolis Convention was called to fix the problems of the A of C
Rhode Island did not attend so they didin't have the 13 votes needed to amend the Articles of Confederation
Inflexibility
(the inability to amend the Articles of Confederation)
made it destined to fail.

Articles
of
Confederation
1776 - 1787
POWER
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