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The Articles of Confederation provided a somewhat effective form of government for the colonies.
There are two major things that can be said to show that the Articles provided an effective form of government. First, they were able to get the new nation through the Revolutionary War and the few years immediately after. Second, the government under the Articles created the Northwest Ordinance, which effectively set up a mechanism for bringing new lands into the country on an equal basis with the existing states.
However, the government under the Articles was not completely effective. The government was not able to tax so it could not do things like paying its debts either at home or abroad. The state governments had too much power and so there were things like trade wars between the states. Both of these things hurt the US economy.
The Articles of Confederation set up a government that got the US through its first few years of existence. However, they did not set up a government that was effective enough to serve for the long term.
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