The Articles of Confederation Period 1780-1788 a loose collection of 13 sovereign or (individually powerful) states Weakness Where did this Idea come from? 1. No chief executive (No king or President leading the new nation) There was a lack of leadership for the new nation. No one to make tough decisions or represent USA to other nations. 2. no power to raise money or tax citizens; national government could only request money from the states 3. no power to draft an army; the national government could only request that states send soldiers for defense Continental army dissolved after the war. Memory of a large army of british soldiers in the colonies was too painful! 4. new laws for nation need approval of 9 of the 13 states 5. No common currency; states printed their own money. Problems that occurred… Before the Revolutionary war, the 13 colonies used british pounds, shillings, and pence in silver. The new nation did not have silver.