The Articles of Confederation was America's first constitution. This document gave the individual states a lot more power, and the federal government barely had any power.
What were the Articles of Confederation?
The most significant weaknesses were that there was no court system and no central leader. Also, the federal government did not have the power to create a military or collect taxes. This was a problem because the states were disunited and could refuse to pay the taxes.
What was the most significant weakness with the Articles of Confederation? Why was this a problem?
What was the purpose of the Constitutional Convention of 1787?
The purpose of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 was to change the Articles of Confederation because of all the weaknesses that document had. It gave the federal government more power and took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.