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Analyzing the Featuresof the Articles of ConfederationPlacardAOne feature of the Articles of Confederation was that the government had no chiefexecutive, such as a president or king.As a result, the government under the Articlessuffered from a lack of leadership since there was no single leader.What experiences from 1763 to 1776 would have made Americans fearful of apresident or a king?Why, then, do you think this feature was included in the Articles ofConfederation?
One feature of the Articles of Confederation was that new laws needed to beapproved by nine of the thirteen states.This was included in the Articles because thedelegates to the Continental Congress wanted to protect the rights of states and didnot want the central (federal) government to become too powerful.With this feature,new laws would have to be agreeable to nine of the states instead of a simplemajority of seven.What possible problems do you think this feature might have created?

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