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4th-5th Grade Activity: Articles of Confederation

The Articles of Confederation was an important document that was ratified in 1781. While the Declaration of Independence stated the 13 colonies were no longer a part of England, the Articles of Confederation established that these 13 states would operate under a unified legal system.

There were many disagreements during the drafting of the document and compromises had to be made. The Articles of Confederation were eventually replaced by the U.S. Constitution due to some key weaknesses in the document.

Review some of these strengths and weaknesses in the activity below.

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This activity is available in our American History B course

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The second half of a detailed two-year survey of the history of the United States, this course takes students from the westward movement of the late 1800s to the present. Lessons integrate topics in geography, civics, and economics. Building on the award-winning series A History of US, the course guides students through critical episodes in the story of America. Students examine the impact of the settlement of the American West; investigate the social, political, and economic changes that resulted from industrialization; explore the changing role of the U.S. in international affairs from the late 19th century through the end of the Cold War; and trace major events and trends in the United States from the Cold War through the first decade of the twenty-first century.

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