How would the United States work and look socially and politically if the Articles of Confederation was still operating today?

1 Answer
Jan 4, 2016

The United States would have collapsed before 1800.


The Articles of Confederation were a stopgap measure. They were only meant for the interim period during the war and the several years that followed as a basis for government until a constitution could be written. The delegates knew to a man, almost from the beginning, that a new set of laws had to be set up. The idea of a Constitution as the basis for government is not original to the United States. England already had something of a constitution.

The Articles of Confederation were so weak that they did not provide to a means of taxation to support a central government and to that end, did not even define what a central government should look like. They were more like rules of conduct for the 13 colonies to follow until a stable government was formed.