Articles of Confederation

The text of the Articles of Confederation in both MS Word and in PDF formats. Download your preferred format and refer to it occasionally throughout the course. Simply read and highlight the document, adding your comments on a printout or in MS Word, Adobe, or other program.


Articles of Confederation (PDF)


Articles of Confederation (MS Word)



1. The Articles of Confederation are remembered for what they didn’t do. Well, what did they do? List two specific powers the articles granted to the national government.

2. Locate in the document where elements of the later Constitution also appear here: extradition/fugitive slave laws, elements of peace and war, . . .

3. What relationship did the new states have with Canada in this new union?

4. What are two traits in the representation system?