The Articles of Confederation

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Why did the Articles of Confederation fail?

The Articles of Confederation failed because they did not grant the federal government enough power to govern the nation effectively. They did not allow the federal government to draft troops, levy taxes to repay the country's debts, or regulate commerce. The Articles also did not establish federal courts. They were abandoned after Shays' Rebellion.

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The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, often shortened in common usage to the Articles of Confederation, was the first constitution of the fledgling United States of America. It was approved by Congress on November 15, 1777, and after ratification by all thirteen states, it finally came into force on March 1, 1781. It established a government and promoted free travel and trade. However, its inherent weaknesses made it necessary to draft and adopt a new and stronger US Constitution, which replaced the Articles of Confederation in early 1789.

There are several reasons why the Articles of Confederation failed. One of the main difficulties under the Articles of Confederation was the inability of the federal government to levy taxes. The United States had incurred substantial debt during the Revolutionary War, but without a system of federal taxation, the country was unable to pay back its creditors. The federal government had to request money from the states, and there was no...

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