Which Was Not A Weakness Of The Articles Of Confederation

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Which of the following was not a weakness of the articles of confederation (1781-1789)?

A) a weak “league of friendship” among the states

B) the requirement of unanimous approval by all 13 states for amendments

C) no judicial branch

D) no congressional power to impose taxes

Answer

Given: Which of the following was not a weakness of the articles of confederation (1781-1789)?

A) a weak “league of friendship” among the states

B) the requirement of unanimous approval by all 13 states for amendments

C) no judicial branch

D) no congressional power to impose taxes

The articles state that the States are entered into a firm league of friendship with each other. This is to improve their common defense, the security of their liberties, general welfare, and so on. Thus the league of friendship is not a weakness.

This means that the answer is A).

Explanation

Nine of the 13 states are needed to ratify a bill before it becomes a law and all states are needed to accept an amendment, thus B) is a weakness of the articles.

The government under the articles of confederation only contained one legislative body and provided no permanent national judiciary, thus C) is a weakness of the articles.

The Federal government was not able to impose taxes and thus D) is also a weakness of the articles.

Other Weaknesses

Little or no enforcement of the laws made by the President.

States print their own currency.

No foreign policy.

No federal army.

Lack of power over the states.

Strong state governments and weak federal governments.

Each state has one vote, regardless of size.

Conclusion

A) a weak league of friendship among the states is not a weakness.

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