Strengths Of The Articles Of Confederation
The Articles of Confederation was a black and white agreement drafted by the 2nd Continental Congress and created in 1777. It was signed and accepted in 1781 by thirteen states.
The Articles were tilted heavily towards the state governments giving the Central government very little power to control the country politically, financially and economically. The central Government could not pass any law even after enforcement. It could only request the state governments for money. Understandably, the States simply ignored or refused the request, plunging the Central Government into completely chaos and turmoil. Although the weaknesses of these Articles were enormous, there were a few positives to extract from the first set of rules complied and signed by all states.
Listed below are some positives of the Articles of Confederation:
- Articles managed to draw and unite thirteen different colonies / states under one banner of the United States of America. Although there were minor glitches with a couple of states refusing to sign the Articles, a dream to see a united front ultimately emerged, paving way to a uniform legislature.
- Different departments were formed under the Congress giving specific and clearly defined roles to different parties to run the country in a more effective manner. The Department of Treasury, the Department of Postal Service and the Department of Foreign Affairs among others were established.
- It promoted a certain sense of coordination and cooperation between different states.
- It allowed the Central Government to sign treaties and peace deals with other countries giving rise to a stable neighborhood. The peace treaty with England was one such deal.
- The Articles allowed formation of new states that have a population of more than 60,000.
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