Articles Of Confederation

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Articles of Confederation




From 1781 to 1789 the Articles of Confederation provided the United States with an
ineffective government, however there were some strong steps taken in the articles to try and
make the United States a better country. The articles created a loose confederation of
independent states that gave limited powers to a central government, known as Congress.
Some actions taken by Congress, such as the Treaty of Paris, and certain powers that were
given to them were sometimes beneficial to the United States. Nevertheless, in attempting to
limit the power of the central government, the Second Continental Congress created one
without sufficient power to govern effectively, which led to serious national and international
problems. The greatest weakness of the federal government under the Articles of
Confederation was its inability to regulate trade and levy taxes. In the long run, the Articles
of Confederation was a shot in the arm for the United States.
The Articles of Confederation arranged a national government that would consist of a
single house of Congress, where each state would have one vote. Congress had the power to
set up a postal department, to estimate the costs of the government and request donations
from the states, and to raise armed forces. Congress could also borrow money as well as
declare war and enter into treaties and alliances with foreign nations. With this power,
Congress was able to make the Articles of Confederation look good by signing the Treaty of
Paris in 1783. This treaty, signed along with Great Britain, concluded the American
Revolution. By its terms, Great Britain recognized the thirteen colonies as the free and
independent United States of America. However, the most important power was that
Congress had the right to obtain territory and control development of the western territories,
which was previously controlled by their mother country, Great Britain. (Doc D) With the
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