What were the strengths and weaknesses of the

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3. What were the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation? Were the social problems of the 1780s really due to the national government’s failings, or were they simply the natural aftermath of the Revolutionary War and the separation from Britain?
departments of Treasury, Foreign Affairs, War, and Marine. The Articles of Confederation, despite its weaknesses, kept alive the ideal of unity and held the states together, which was essential for the progress of a stronger federal government. Weaknesses: Congress had no power to coin money, therefore each state developed its own currency and economic policies, leading to conflicts. Congress was unable to regulate interstate and foreign commerce; some states refused to pay for goods they purchased from abroad. Congress was unable to impose taxes; it could only borrow money on credit and the majority of states did not pay their taxes. No national court system was established to protect the rights of U.S. citizens. No executive branch was established to enforce laws or protect citizens or even itself. Amendments could be added only with unanimous vote, which was impossible. Approval of 9 of 13 states was required to pass a law in Congress. One vote was allotted for each state, despite the size of its population. It was a confederacy of states, rather than a federal government. The aftermath was not due to the national government, since the government was purposely designed to be weak by the suspicious Americans. The government effectively tied their own hands, which exacerbated the problems that arose from the Revolutionary War, such as the economic problems (crippling debt) and foreign affairs (lack of trust and respect).

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