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 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 »

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 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 »

Ruby Bridges holds an important place in American history because she was the first African-American child to go to an all-white public school in the South. Federal marshals escorted her to the William Frantz School on N... More »

Education websites are the best sources for teaching African American history to children; the Library of Congress also has an extensive collection of material created by teachers using primary sources. The National Park... More » History Modern History

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 »