Articles of Confederation

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Fun Fact


Articles of Confederation: The Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation, the first constitution of the United States, on November 15, 1777. However, ratification of the Articles of Confederation by all thirteen states did not occur until March 1, 1781. The Articles created a loose confederation of sovereign states and a weak central government, leaving most of the power with the state governments. The need for a stronger Federal government soon became apparent and eventually led to the Constitutional Convention in 1787. The present United States Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation on March 4, 1789.


The Articles of Confederation were great as long as America didn't actually have to do anything.


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  1. How united were the states under the Articles of Confederation?

  2. What were two flaws in the Articles of Confederation?

  3. Why don't we still have the Articles of Confederation as the US Constitution?

  4. Would we be better off if the USA were bound less tightly, the states had most of the power, and the federal government had little power?