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  • Chapter 1

    Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation

    Congress had no power to levy or collect taxes. The government was always short of money.
    Congress had no power to regulate foreign trade. Quarrels broke out among states and trading with other countries was difficult.
    Congress had no power to enforce its laws. The government depended on the states for law enforcement.
    Approval of nine states was needed to enact laws. It was difficult to enact laws.
    13 states needed to approve amendments to the Articles. There was no practical way to change the powers of government.
    The government had no executive branch. There was no effective way to coordinate the work of government.
    There was no national court system. The central government had no way to settle disputes among the states.

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