The Articles of Confederation

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The comic strip above describes the Articles of Confederation's purpose and intent for the United States. It also displays the weaknesses in the countries government at the time.

Storyboard Text

  • Sure thing! So it all begins with the government, the Articles of Confederation are basically an early Constitution for the new country. 
  • Hey John! Did you study the Articles of Confederation in school? Because I need some help.
  • Well, there's more to the articles then just being other documents. The articles helped the government pass a series of laws allowing certain territories in the Northwest to organize their own governments. 
  • These articles are awesome!
  • And that's not all! The laws passed banned slavery in this region! 
  • If these Articles of Confederation were so great, why was a new constitution written in 1789?
  •  The articles did have some faults. There was no national court system put in place to defend the rights of the U.S. citizens, so there were some disputes over how much power was given to the government. It was all cleared up when the new constitution was written.
  • Also with the Articles of Confederation, it's very hard to get amendments approved because all 13 states have to say yes to it. Meaning if one state decides that the amendment would not work for them, all 13 states can't enforce it.
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  • On the other hand, the new government was able to create certain departments that help us every day and successfully escape the British empire!!
  • Thanks for everything John!!! 
  • The End!
  • Sure thing!
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