What government was strong under the Articles?
The 13 State Governments held nearly all of the power under the Articles of Confederation.
Under the Articles of Confederation, there was no Congress. However, the national government was set up under the articles to be very weak. Therefore, the writers of the Articles gave the power to tax and regulate those taxes to each individual state. This was done to prevent the national government from becoming too strong, like the English Monarchy that the colonists had just escaped out from under.
The Articles of Confederation created a weak central government. The Constitution created a strong central government. The Articles did not create an executive branch. Congress was a unicameral legislature. There was no federal court system under the Articles. Congress could not enforce the laws nor levy and collect taxes without the approval of the states, under the Articles. A major weakness under the Articles was its lack of power to regulate trade between the states…
Why did the founders decide not to change the articles of confederation but to create a new form of government?
Select one historical event that you believe had the greatest impact on the development of the US Constitution?
Which was stronger under the Articles of Confederation the state governments or the national government?
Shays' Rebellion was an example of a failure. The farmers were in revolt, but the state was not strong enough to get it under control. Under the articles, the federal government did not have the authority to step in and help the state. The Constitution came about, in part, to give the states a stronger federal backing.