Did the Articles of Confederation make the government strong or weak?

1 Answer
Sep 18, 2017

It created a formal government, which is the first step.


Really, too many definitions are embedded here. Do you mean "strong" in terms of the government power, its stability or flexibility?

A guiding principle of the Articles was to preserve the independence and sovereignty of the states. As a concept, that is very good, but you could say that it weakened the "Federal" government power.

But, without it, the States might never have agreed to a "Union", in which case they would have remained independent, and there would be no Federal Government to discuss.