Why was it important for the Articles of Confederation to limit the power of the government?

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It was important for the plan of government created by the Articles of Confederation to limit the power of the federal government. We had just fought a war against Great Britain because we felt the British government had abused its power and violated the rights of the colonists. Thus, to ease the fears of the American people about having too strong of a government, we needed to create a plan of government that limited the power of the federal government.

The plan created by the Articles of Confederation did this. It created a weak federal government. The federal government was unable to tax its people. It couldn’t require people to join the military. The federal government was also not able to control trade. The power of executive branch was limited. A three-person committee ran the executive branch instead of having one person in charge of the executive branch.

While the creation of a weak federal government eventually caused problems for our country, it was something that needed to be created because of our negative experiences under British rule with a strong leader and a powerful government.

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