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Unit 4 statehood articles of confederation georgia constitution of 1777

Unit 4: StatehoodArticles of Confederation & Georgia Constitution of 1777

CCGPS:SS8H3a-Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of both the Georgia Constitution of 1777 and the Articles of Confederation and explain how weaknesses in the Articles of Confederation led to a need to revise the Articles.


G raphic o rganizer strengths weaknesses of the articles of confederation

Graphic Organizer: Strengths & Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation


Articles of confederation

Articles of Confederation

  • The Articles of Confederation were the 1st form of constitution for the USA.

  • They were written at the same time the Declaration of Independence was written.

  • It set up a system of government that divided power between the national government and the individual state governments.

  • Congress was the national body of government (unicameral).


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Articles of Confederation

  • Strengths of the Articles of Confederation were that Congress could do the following:

  • declare war

  • sign treaties

  • deliver mail

  • create money

  • But the individual states had the most power. Each state could do the following:

  • collect its own taxes

  • issue its own money

  • support its own military

  • had 1 vote in Congress

Individual State Power


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Articles of Confederation

  • Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation were that Congress:

  • lacked power to enforce laws

  • lacked power to levy (raise) taxes; therefore, Congress could not repay the $42 million debt from the American Revolutionary War.

  • lacked power to regulate (control) trade among states

  • required all 13 states to approve changes in the articles

  • Lacked power to create a national military


Georgia constitution of 1777

Georgia Constitution of 1777

Weaknesses of the Georgia Constitution of 1777:

  • Unicameral legislature (1 house)-This gave too much power to the legislative branch

  • The legislature elected the Governor-John Treutlen was the state of Georgia’s 1stGovernor

John Treutlen


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