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Articles of Confederation Lesson

US History

Jesse Fleming

on 3 February 2014

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Transcript of Articles of Confederation Lesson

Articles of Confederation
Historical Context
-The 13 Colonies declared independence from the British in the year of 1776.
I: The Emergence of the Articles of Confederation
The Articles of Confederation was considered to be the initial constitution of the United States of America, however, it proved to be ineffective.
This particular document served as being a major obstacle for the U.S. Government to carry out it's operations
It was "shadow without substance"
-George Washington on the Articles of Confederation
Essential Questions:
How did the past experience of the patriots with England’s monarch influence their decisions regarding a new form of government?
What were the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation?
After what you learned today, is a strong federal government the most effective form of government? Which level of government (states or federal) can best solve our nation's problems?

States are afraid of creating a new tyranny
Power to the States

1. No Executive Branch
2. No Court System
3. Hard to get things done
4. Could not raise a national army.

5. Congress could not tax.
6. Congress could not control trade.
7. Congress could issue money but so could each state.
1. Could Declare War and Peace
2. Make Treaties with foreign nations
3. Borrow and print money
4. Led the colonies through the Revolution.
Limiting Power

Power Point and Lesson
Video of Shays Rebellion
Group work and graphic organizer
Is this topic still relevant today?
Essential questions and review
Georgia asks U.S. Supreme Court to reject Florida's Lawsuit over river water
Everyone must write on their own paper
Read the assigned articles as a group.
Discuss as a group and answer the following questions in each box:
1. What are the weaknesses or strengths about the article?
2. What is 1 problem that could have arisen?
2. 1 way you would solve that problem or change the articles?

Group 1: Articles 3, 4, 5, 6,
Group 2: Articles 7,8,9,13

Think about the weaknesses and strengths we have already talked about and how they apply.
It is important to understand what powers the articles give and what powers they leave out.
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