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Articles of Confederation

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Articles of Confederation

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Articles of Confederation

  1. 1. ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION
  2. 2. Articles of Confederation • First U.S. Constitution. Ratified (approved) during American Revolution. • A loose association of states.
  3. 3. Confederation Congress • Would be the central National government. • It was a law making body where each state had 1 vote. • Decisions required 9 of the 13 states to vote yes.
  4. 4. Powers of the Confederation Congress • Because of the experiences with the British government, the new government was formed with limited powers.
  5. 5. Powers of the Confederation Congress • Make treaties with other countries and Indians. • Could ask (not require) states for money. • Make (print) money. Treaty of Paris
  6. 6. Powers of the Confederation Congress • Could settle disputes between states. • Could ask for (not require) soldiers from the states.
  7. 7. Powers Denied To The Government • No executive branch. • No court system.
  8. 8. Powers Denied Congress • Could not prevent states from issuing its own money. • Could not raise taxes
  9. 9. Northwest Ordinance of 1787 • Created an orderly system to admit new states. • Created the Northwest Territory.
  10. 10. Problems Under The Articles of Confederation Foreign Relations- • France: Wanted loans repaid. • Britain: Closed ports to U.S. ships. • Spain: Closed the lower Mississippi River to U.S. Shipping.
  11. 11. Problems Under The Articles of Confederation Economic Unrest- • Shay’s Rebellion: Protest by farmers over losing property because they got no help from the government. • Congress had no way of dealing with this. • Showed the Articles were not working and that a stronger government was needed.
  12. 12. Convention of 1787 • In 1787, Congress called for a convention to revise (update) the Articles of Confederation. • Once the convention started, the Articles of Confederation were thrown out and an new constitution was written.

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