Reference on the Central Government: Articles of Confederation Compared to the Constitution

The left column shows common governmental responsibilities. The two columns on the right show whether the responsibility is assigned to the central government with the Articles of Confederation and with the Constitution.

 

 

Central Government With

 

Articles of Confederation (and Its Failures)

Constitution

Responsible to conduct foreign affairs

 

Failure:

 

Responsible to declare war and peace

 

Able to coin money

 

Failure:

 

Able to levy taxes

 

Failure:

 

Able to raise troops

 

Failure:

 

Able to regulate commerce

 

Failure:

 

Method to change the system

 

 

Failure:

 

Method to write laws

 

Failure:

 

 


 

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