Notes 1-24 - American Politics Notes: January 24th, 2008...

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American Politics Notes: January 24 th , 2008 The Articles of Confederation The articles were written in 1777 during the war. The common concern during the time that they were written was the war with England. The 13 different colonies were all very different, the only thing they had in common was their common enemy. Under the articles, it was very difficult to get anything done or change any of the articles. The war was over in 1781 and each state was responsible for fixing its own roads, farms, and businesses. North Carolina did not care about Virginia. Every state had their own problems to face and their own lack of money to deal with it. Government under the Articles of Confederation Legislative branch: The Confederation Congress was the legislative body under the Articles of Confederation. In this Congress, every state had one vote. Small states favored this while large states did not. There were more small states (9) than large states (4). There was a unicameral system (one house). The Confederation Congress was the only house. In order to pass any law, it required a 2/3 majority of the states in agreement. 9 of the 13 states had to agree. This was incredibly difficult. To amend the Articles of Confederation required two things. 1) A unanimous vote in the Confederation Congress. 2) The amendment was sent to the 13 state legislatures and it
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Notes 1-24 - American Politics Notes: January 24th, 2008...

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