The Articles Of Confederation

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 1781
– The 1st Constitution of the United
States. It was a confederate form of
government.
 1783 – War is over (Treaty of Paris)
 Structure
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Single Chambered Body
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Unicameral
Each State Had One Vote
No Executive Branch
No Judicial Branch
Presiding Officer (No President)
 Responsibilities
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Make Peace and War
Send and Receive Ambassadors
Enter Treaties
Borrow Money
Set Up Monetary System
Set Up Navy/Army
Set Standards of Weights and Measures
Settle Disputes Between States
 Weaknesses
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Could Not Tax
One Vote Per State
Could Not Regulate Foreign or Interstate
Commerce
No Executive To Enforce Law
No National Court System
Amendments Only With Consent Of ALL States
9/13 Majority Required To Pass Laws.
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