The Articles of Confederation

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In what ways was the Congress under the Articles of Confederation successful in achieving its goals?

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The biggest success of the US Congress under the Articles of Confederation was its successful conduct of the Revolutionary War. It's instructive that the United States didn't need a strong, centralized government to defeat the British. Instead it could rely on a loose confederation of states to coordinate and organize armed resistance in the fight for independence.

Primarily, this was because only such a decentralized governmental system could harness that powerful spirit of radical republicanism, with its firm belief in the ultimate sovereignty of the states. In fighting the British, the...

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