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The Articles of Confederation . America’s 1 st Constitution 1781-1789. Why did the Founding Fathers Choose a Confederation plan of government? Why Did the Founding Fathers believe the Articles needed to be replaced by the US Constitution?. Strengths . Weaknesses.

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the articles of confederation
The Articles of Confederation

America’s 1st Constitution 1781-1789

Why did the Founding Fathers Choose a Confederation plan of government?

Why Did the Founding Fathers believe the Articles needed to be replaced by the US Constitution?

Strengths

Weaknesses

The first system of government designed by the Founding Fathers was a Confederation. Under a Confederate system, the National or Central Government is given only a few powers, while most of the power is reserved for the States.

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The Articles of Confederation

America’s 1st Constitution 1781-1789

  • The Articles had 2 major achievements:
  • Bringing the Revolutionary War to a successful conclusion
  • North West Ordinance (plan for governing the western lands)
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The Articles of Confederation

America’s 1st Constitution 1781-1789

Strengths

Weaknesses

Congress was given the power to:

Declare War &

Establish an Army/Navy

No Power to Draft Soldiers

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The Articles of Confederation

America’s 1st Constitution 1781-1789

Strengths

Weaknesses

Congress was given the power to:

Make Peace & Sign Treaties

No Power to Enforce Treaties

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The Articles of Confederation

America’s 1st Constitution 1781-1789

Strengths

Weaknesses

Congress was given the power to:

No Power to Collect Taxes from the States

Borrow Money

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The Articles of Confederation

America’s 1st Constitution 1781-1789

Strengths

Weaknesses

Congress was given the power to:

Organize a

Post Office

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The Articles of Confederation

America’s 1st Constitution 1781-1789

Strengths

Weaknesses

Congress was given the power to:

No Chief Executive

No national court system

No Power to Regulate Interstate Commerce

No National Currency

Difficult to Pass laws (2/3 vote)

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The Articles of Confederation

America’s 1st Constitution 1781-1789

Strengths

Weaknesses

Congress was given the power to:

Difficult to Amend

(unanimous vote needed to change the articles)

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The Articles of Confederation
  • No Chief Executive
  • No National Court System
  • No Power to Draft Soldiers
  • No Power to Control Interstate Commerce
  • No Power to Enforce Treaties
  • No Power to Collect Taxes from the States
  • Difficult to Pass Laws (2/3 vote)
  • No National Currency
  • Difficult to Amend
  • (Unanimous Vote Needed to Change Articles)
  • Congress given the power to:
  • Declare War
  • Make Peace
  • Sign Treaties
  • Borrow Money
  • Establish an Army & Navy
  • Organize a Post Office
conclusion
Conclusion

Why did the Founding Fathers Choose a Confederation plan of government?

They feared that a strong central government would create tyranny, and stamp out the peoples natural God given rights.

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Conclusion

Why Did the Founding Fathers believe the Articles needed to be replaced by the US Constitution?

The nation needed to function as ONE united country & not 13 small unorganized nations.

Shay’s rebellion proved the need to strengthen the government.