Structure of the Articles of Confederation Established a “firm league of friendship” among the states. Each state kept “its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right…not…expressly delegated to the United States, in Congress assembled.”
Structure of the Articles of Confederation Congress was the sole body created and was unicameral. Delegates to the Congress were chosen annually by the States in whatever way their legislatures desired. Each state had one vote regardless of size or population.
Structure of the Articles of Confederation There was no executive or judicial branch. –These functions would be handled by committees of the Congress. –Each year the Congress would select one of it’s members to be the president. President would preside over the Congress, but would NOT be the president of the United States. –Civil officers (postmasters etc.) would also be selected by the Congress
Powers of Congress under the Articles of Confederation 1.Make war and peace. 2.Send and receive ambassadors. 3.Make treaties. 4.Borrow money. 5.Set up a monetary system. 6.Build a navy. 7.Raise an army by asking the States for troops. 8.Fix uniform standards of weights and measures. 9.Settle disputes among the states.