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Chapter 4: America’s Political Heritage Civics


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Chapter 4: America’s Political Heritage
Articles of Confederation Weaknesses
There are many weaknesses in our nation’s government under the Articles of Confederation. The lack of a president or leader to head the national government left the nation without strong leadership. Congress had trouble passing laws because a vote of nine states needed to pass a law. There was no government department or official to see that laws were enforced. There were no national courts to judge lawbreakers.
Articles of Confederation Versus the Constitution


Directions:
Place the statements below in the appropriate boxes. Decide if the statement is referring to The Articles of Confederation or the Constitution.


  1. State gave national government many powers

  2. States kept most of the power

  3. No president or chief executive

  4. A president to head our nation’s government

  5. Only congress many coin money

  6. No system of national courts

  7. Congress could not draft soldiers into service

  8. System of national courts authorized

  9. Laws difficult to pass

  10. Congress had no powers to collect taxes

  11. Laws easier to pass

  12. Congress responsible directly to people (states)

  13. Congress given powers to collect taxes

  14. Congress many regulate trade

  15. Congress could not regulate trade

  16. Congress and states coin money

  17. Congress responsible to the states

  18. Congress can establish armed forces (military)




Weaknesses of Government Established by the Articles of Confederation

Strengths of American Government Established By The Constitution

One House Congress –

No President

Two House Congress –

A Strong President

2. States kept most of the power


1. States gave national government many powers

  1. No president or chief executive




4. A president to head our nation’s government

6. No system of national courts


5. Only congress many coin money

7. Congress could not drat soldiers into service


8. System of national courts authorized

9. Laws difficult to pass


11. Laws easier to pass

10. Congress had no powers to collect taxes


12. Congress responsible directly to people (states)

15. Congress could not regulate trade


13. Congress given powers to collect taxes

16. Congress and states coin money


14. Congress may regulate trade

17. Congress responsible to the states


18. Congress can establish armed forces






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