What Are The Strengths And Weaknesses Of The Articles Of Confederation

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The Articles of Confederation was the first written constitution of the United States after it declared independence from Great Britain. The Articles created a weak central government because of the fear that too much centralized political power would jeopardize liberty. It stated that the new national government be a “perpetual union.” The Articles formed a loose confederation of sovereign states. The central government could make treaties and alliances, keep up armed forces, and coin money but lacked the ability to levy taxes and regulate commerce. Another weakness was that without a president to enforce the laws or interpret them, the major decisions required the approval of nine states rather than a simple majority.
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