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Composed in 1776 and formally ratified in 1781, the Articles of Confederation gave the fledgling United States the internal structure and cohesion it needed to form a government and fight its way out from under British r... More »

The Articles of Confederation, an interim constitution the 13 colonies adopted during the Revolutionary War, were too weak to form an effective central government. Although they provided for the management of the war eff... More »

The final Articles of Confederation was the result of a draft by John Dickinson, which was reviewed and redrafted twice by Congress before it was approved. Three other drafts were presented before Dickinson's. They were ... More »

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The Articles of Confederation created a weak national government with little authority, leaving much power and responsibility to the states. The Articles gave the national government supremacy in matters of foreign polic... More »

The Articles of Confederation failed because of the lack of a strong central government. The Articles had a number of weaknesses that caused them to be rewritten and turned into the current U.S. Constitution. More »

The Articles of Confederation had several weaknesses. Three notable weaknesses include the national government's lack of power to tax, the absence of national army or navy and the ability of each state to issue their own... More »

The Articles of Confederation were the first constitution adopted by the fledgling American government in 1777. The Articles were a document that laid out a governmental structure in which the federal government was rela... More »