The Articles of Confederation

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What was the major weakness of the Articles of Confederation?

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One of the fundamental questions of American politics has involved the balance between State and Federal authority. As previous educators have already said, under the Articles of Confederation, the Federal government was much weaker than it is today, and in fact, the governmental structures envisioned by the Articles of Confederation proved unable to solve many of the challenges the country faced after the Revolutionary War.

The weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation were far reaching. There was no executive branch, nor was there the power of taxation, but the weaknesses ran deeper than that. We can also discuss the Federal government's inability to dictate a trading policy, or even the general lack of prestige faced by the US Congress, and the practical implications that resulted from this disregard (for example, one could discuss the end of the Revolutionary War, which stretched longer than it needed to because the United States could not supply enough Representatives to put the...

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