2 Imagine you are in a marching band and there is no sheet music Imagine you are in a marching band and there is no sheet music. Each person is playing their own music. What are some problems you see with this?
3 Why did the Articles of Confederation fail? November March 1781: a Confederation (partnership) of independent equal states was formedBecause of the experience of the American Revolution, Americans were frightened by a strong central government and showed more loyalty to their statesThe new national government contained only one branchUnicameral legislatureNo power to enforce laws or settle disputes.
4 Problems with the Articles of Confederation No National court systemConsequence:Each state’s laws could conflict with each other
5 Problems with the Articles of Confederation No Chief Executive (President)Consequence:No one could check the power of the Congress
6 Problems with the Articles of Confederation Only one legislative body (Congress)Consequences:There was no other body of government to check the Congress’s power
7 Problems with the Articles of Confederation Couldn’t collect taxesConsequences:The national government couldn’t raise any moneySoldiers didn’t get paid
8 Problems with the Articles of Confederation Couldn’t regulate trade between the states or with other countriesConsequence:Each state had different tax rates of imported goods FROM OTHER STATES.Each state had different trade agreements with OTHER NATIONS.
9 Problems with the Articles of Confederation There was no national currency.Each state printed their own money!Consequences:Each state’s money was not valued the same.Trade between states was difficult to impossible.Money was very easy to counterfeit
10 Why did the Articles of Confederation fail? Congress had no money and could not levy taxes; it could only ask states for “voluntary contributions”Congress had no power to regulate trade between states or with foreign nationsCongress failed to protect citizens from state discrimination and economic difficulties after the war
11 What is the solution? A NEW CONSTITUTION!!!!!!! A new form of government?Who will represent Georgia?Abraham BaldwinWilliam FewA NEW CONSTITUTION!!!!!!!