Articles of Confederation

Congress of the Confederation: America's Government Prior to the Constitution (1781-89)

Following their victory over the British empire in the Revolutionary War, Americans adopted the Articles of Confederation but found the new government too weak to solve the nation’s problems.

Areas of Focus

  1. Explain the differing ideas of republicanism
  2. Identify three basic issues debated in drafting the Articles of Confederation.
  3. Describe the political and economic shortcomings faced by the Confederation.
  4. Understand the Northwest Ordinance (1787)


Articles of Confederation

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