What was the significance of the "one vote per state" clause in the Articles of Confederation?


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In the Articles of Confederation, each state in the United States had only one vote in the unicameral legislature. States' rights and limiting the power of the federal government were the aims of this organization.

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The one-state, one-vote rule was meant to give states' sovereignty a primary place in the federal government. In addition, this single chamber of Congress, known as the Congress of the Confederation, represented the only national government because no judicial or executive branches were created. The Articles of Confederation gave the states even more power by requiring nine of the 13 existing states to agree to a law for it to be adopted and making unanimous agreement among the states required to change the Articles themselves.

The Congress had the power to print money, conduct diplomacy and resolve any disputes that arose between the states. It was also responsible for coordinating the country's war efforts. Although the Congress could ask states for resources and men for an army, it could not force the states to give any aid if they choose not to.

Under the Articles, states were represented in Congress by delegates. The delegates were chosen annually, and the Articles specified the minimum and maximum number of delegates that should make up each state's delegation.

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