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 is an important document in American history because it united the individual states and established the federal government. It defined the law of the United States from 1781 until the ratif... More »

The first and second drafts of the Articles of Confederation were written by Benjamin Franklin and Silas Deane, and the fourth was written by John Dickinson. This fourth draft went through two revisions and was approved ... More »

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 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 »

While the Articles of Confederation had several weaknesses, three notable issues include Congress' lack of power to tax, no national court system and each state only had a single vote in Congress, regardless of size. 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 »