Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation The Structure of the Articles of Confederation • A simple government was set up by the Articles. • A Congress was the only branch. • It was unicameral (only 1 chamber or house). • Each state had one delegate chosen by the state legislature. • Every year, a presiding officer was chosen by Congress (a chairperson, NOT a President) Strengths of the Articles of Confederation • Build an army & navy • Make treaties • Borrow money • Settle disputes among the states • Provided freedom to all states Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation • One vote each state regardless of size • Powerless to raise & collect taxes • No executive to enforce acts of Congress • No national court system • 9/13 majority to pass laws • Could not regulate foreign trade/ interstate commerce • Amendment with the consent of all states • All in all, the national government was not given enough power! Reading Activity and Ticket Out • Read, A Need for Stronger Government, on pages 46 and 47 in the textbook. • Answer questions 3 and 5 on page 47, IN COMPLETE SENTENCES. • Turn in as a ticket out.