The Articles of Confederation: Strengths and Weaknesses

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The Articles of Confederation, written throughout the American Revolution and was American's first constitution. It had been introduced in 1777 and finally ratified by all states in 1781. Although it was finally adopted by all states, it would later be discovered that their nation would run into serious conflicts due to, a lack of state and national government balance. Due to this, the very existence of our own nation was at stake. Given the stern requirements for altering the Articles, few leaders expressed any buoyancy that the changes necessary in the government could be accomplished. However, steps were being taken to do just that, American leaders agreed that the Articles of Confederation needed to be altered. On the other hand, the Articles of Confederation did have its strong points. Congress, with the power that it was allowed, created a number of plans that resolved certain troubles with the following: distribution of land with the Northwest Land Ordinances, helping establish departments for war, marines, and foreign affairs along with cabinet departments. In this essay you will be reading about both pros and cons with their new government. Also, about how without changes, America wouldn't have able to protect the basic principles upon which the revolution had been founded: securing their property and individual freedoms of both states and the nation.

The national government under the Articles of Confederation did show some strength and wisdom with its lack of limited power in solving the following problems that the nation faced during the time: Robert Morris for example, handled his responsibilities skillfully and brought some order to the nation ¹s tangled issue with finances, despite having no power to issue taxes and being forced to beg for donations or borrow money from other countries or the states. He put into practice more efficient purchasing procedures, finally guaranteeing a steady flow of supplies for the

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