The Stregnths and Weaknesses of the Articles of confederation

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Articles of Confederation

The years 1781 to 1789, the years known as the "Critical period" were the reign of the Articles of Confederation... were those years a highlight in American history, or a Time that is best to be forgotten? The argument can go either way it really depends on how you look at it. The question is; were the Articles an effective system of government? Well, while something might not be effective it can still be very necessary, and important, to the future the way it is ran (government), In this essay both the weaknesses and the strengths of the Articles of Confederation will be given, you can make up your mind about the effectiveness of it. The way I feel is... The Articles of Confederation, while not entirely successful, were indeed a necessary stepping-stone to today's federalist government.

Many people tend to think that the reign of the Articles of Confederation were a complete waste of almost ten years and to some extent, they are right.

The confederation style of government has many weaknesses. The Articles of Confederation gave sovereign power to each of states to rule themselves that isn't always a bad thing but take into effect the states history, they couldn't agree on anything. It was hard for them to become unified while they were fighting for their independence in the American Revolution. After the states won their independence they had to set up a government, and of course they didn't want it to be anything like the British so the central government was severely lacking in power, among other things. Under the Articles of Confederation The Congress had no power to levy taxes or tariffs; that makes for a ruthless shortage of money the only way it could gain funds was ask the...