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Unformatted text preview: B.Weaknesses of the Articles? 1. States retained too much sovereignty. 2. No real provision for enforcing the decisions of Congress. 3. No real system of federal courts (except court of admiralty). 4. Congressional authority of commerce and war required consensus of 9 states out of 13. 5. Any amendment to the Articles of Confederation required Unanimity. 6. Very limited executive power 7. Finally, there is almost no implied power under the Articles. There was not a lot of flexibility built in. II.Movement to Reform A.Fears of foreign powers. Articles not a good way to maintain an army. B.Concern about commercial competition. C.Enormous debt of federal government crippling D.Growing radicalism in the countryside. Shay’s Rebellion III. Constitutional Convention (representation, separation of powers, bill of rights, checks and balances)...
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course POLITICAL 1301-161 taught by Professor Markjonathanmckenzie during the Summer '08 term at Texas Tech.
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