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Before the United States had the Constitution, it had the Articles of Confederation, a much weaker government that lasted from 1777 to 1789. In this video, Kim and Leah discuss the pros and cons of the Articles, and the reasons they were discarded in favor of a new Constitution.
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An in-depth four part series about the Articles of Confederation from Extra Credits!:

The United States used to be a lot less….united. The states originally wanted to control themselves, and that resulted in the failed Articles of Confederation. But what if we kept them?


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The Articles of Confederation gave the United States their name, but even beyond that, they exposed many of the issues that would underlie this new nation for the rest of its history. James Portnow interviews series writer Soraya Een Hajji about the Articles of Confederation!
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Before the U.S. Constitution was the law of the land, there were the Articles of Confederation. Find out why they didn’t last long.

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The Articles of Confederation - The Constitution Before the Constitution

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For four hot, humid July days, 56 delegates of the Second Continental Congress gathered in Philadelphia with one purpose – to ratify the Declaration of Independence. The document, originally drafted by Thomas Jefferson with the help of Ben Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman, ad Robert Livingston, declared that the thirteen American colonies were now independent and free of the tyranny of the British Empire. On July 4th, with the final wording in place, it was ready for the whole world to read; though, it would be about another month before congress would actually sign it, contrary to popular belief.

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Trimester 1 Notes 5 – In these notes I give a brief overview of The Articles of Confederation and the need for a Second Constitutional Convention. These notes were created for my Middle School 8th Grade US History class and these notes work well with Chapter 4 of:
Deverell, William, and Deborah G. White. Holt United States History. California Teacher’s ed. Orlando, Fla.: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2006. Print.

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Are your progressive friends correct to say the US Constitution is not a limited government document after all? Bill Watkins joins me to discuss both the Constitution and the Articles of Confederation, and what the light of history can tell us about each. Subscribe to the Tom Woods Show:
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In this video, the Articles of Confederation are looked at with a magnifiying glass, and we see the good things (not many) and the bad things (too many) about it. If you have anything that you want to tell me personally, go ahead and email me at

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Can Alexander Hamilton bring the delegates to the yard in order to fix the Articles of Confederation?

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The Articles of Confederation are flawed,
With no new amendments because,
We’d need a unanimous charge,
Which I tell you is impossibly hard,
The Articles of Confederation are flawed,
We can’t tax, the states disregard,
No strength to enforce the laws,
This government is big faux pas,

It was the country’s,
First Constitution,
Passed in the Revolution, but
Made states too strong,
Fed’s powers none,
It’s pretty dumb,

We can declare war, but who will fight it?
We can’t force people to join the army,
We can print money, so can the states,
What good’s a dollar that no one’s taking,

The Articles of Confederation are flawed,
Congress can’t regulate commerce,
It’s made the economy worse,
States are putting tariffs on each other,
The Articles of Confederation are flawed,
To ensure limited power,
Goes to the central gov,
Made a system which simply does not work,

There’s only one branch,
The Legislative,
Unicameral, where is the
And Justices,
It’s powerless,

Just to pass a bill, need 9 of 13,
States to approve it, won’t hold my breath,
People know it’s weak, in Massachusetts,
The Shays’ Rebellion, we barely stopped it,

The Articles of Confederation are flawed,
I say this in Annapolis,
To discuss a better system,
We must meet in ’87,
The Articles of Confederation are flawed,
Let’s meet in Philadelphia,
At Independence Hall,
Where we will write a new Constitution!
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Jocz Productions will be making videos for AP Gov / Government classes. In this video we examine the importance of the Articles of Confederation.
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I found these on the net and figured that as a Public Service I would post these, as they were originaly intended as such. Enjoy and thanx for watching.

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