The Articles of Confederation (1781-1789)
Compare and contrast the beliefs of radicals and conservatives with respect to the formation of the new government. What were the effects of these differences, as demonstrated in the Articles of Confederation and in U.S. government in general?
What was the impact of Shays' Rebellion on constitutional government in the United States?
What is significant about each state having an equal vote in Congress?
Describe the weaknesses of the Confederation Congress, and explain the significance of those weaknesses to that time period in American history.
What role did land play in the ratification of the Articles of Confederation?
Describe the bonds that sustained the "loose confederation" of states. Was this a successful union of states? Why or why not?
In what way(s) did Congress attempt to address the issue of slavery under the Articles of Confederation?
Pick one of the weaknesses of the Confederation Congress (for example, its inability to regulate interstate commerce) and explain how that led to the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
Explain the way(s)in which the Articles of Confederation established precedents for the U.S. government.
How were the values of the American Revolution translated into practice with the Articles of Confederation?