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   The Articles


 of Confederation 


    for Kids


By Justice Miller

When our great country began, we made a form of government called the Articles of Confederation.


It wasn’t the best government, and it didn’t work too well. The Articles of Confederation only lasted for ten years from 1777-1787.


The Articles of Confederation only had ten powers:

  1. Make war and peace

  2. Send and receive ambassadors

  3. Make treaties

  4. Borrow money

  5. Set-up monetary system

  6. Establish post offices

  7. Establish a navy

  8. Raise an army by asking the other states for troops

  9. Fix uniform standards of weights and measures

  10. Settle disputes between the states


There was only one branch which was Congress.


Congress needed nine votes to pass a bill, and congress needed 13 votes from all 13 states to amend the articles.


Basically, there were no amendments passed because not all states agreed with the amendment.


Each of the 13 states got one vote to choose one to seven delegates. The states chose how to select those delegates.


Delegate-A person sent to represent others (their state).

McClenaghan, William A., and Frank Abbott Magruder. Magruder's American Government. Needham, MA: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2004. Print.