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Articles of Confederation Strengths and Weaknesses

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Strength Fact 1
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First written agreement and first constitution of USA
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Strength Fact 2
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Congress has the power to deal with foreign affairs and authority to declare war, and make peace, allaince and sign treaties
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Strength Fact 3
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Congress has power to manage Native Indian affairs
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Strength Fact 3
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Congress has power to manage Native Indian affairs
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Strength Fact 4
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Supported the Congressional direction of the Continental Army
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Strength Fact 5
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It encouraged coordination and cooperation between different states and they can settle disputes between the states
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Strength Fact 6
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Allowed formation of new states that had a population of more than 60,000
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Strength Fact 7
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The Department of Treasury, the Department of Postal Service and the Department of Foreign Affairs were established
Postal service, admiralty court, coin money
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Weakness Fact 1
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There was only one vote per state, regardless of its size
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Weakness Fact 2
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No power to regulate commerce or trade between the states, each state could put taxes on trade btwn states
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Weakness Fact 3
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national govt didnt have power to tax. Revenue comes from states
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Weakness Fact 4
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Couldnt force states to obey its laws and taxation was ignored because they could not be enforced
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Weakness Fact 5
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No national army or navy
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Weakness Fact 6
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No national courts
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Each state has own paper money
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Weakness Fact 8
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No prez, lacked strength and solid leader
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Weakness Fact 9
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No power to raise money to pay for action against border encroachments
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Weakness Fact 10
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Any changes to Articles required unanimous vote leading to long delays in implementation