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atuicles of the confedration

atuicles of the confedration - Michael Yakuel AP US Mr...

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Michael Yakuel AP US October 30, 2006 Mr. Ewing Strengths and Weakness of the Articles of Confederation The Articles of Confederation was the first national constitution. However, the Articles were riddled with flaws, yet the Articles did provide several successes, some of which would not become apparent until years later. Firstly, congress had no power to tax or regulate commerce. Secondly, congress had little or no power over states and unanimous approval was needed for any changes to the Articles. Thirdly, despite its weaknesses the congress did have some major success such as the Land Ordinance of 1785 and the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. Finally, the major effect that was completely unintentional was that the Articles served as a stepping-stone to the Constitution. A major flaw in the Articles that were extremely crippling was congresses lack of power enforcing taxes. However, congress could ask states for money but naturally, they were lucky if they received a wooden nickel from the states. Another crippling element of
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