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The Articles of Confederation the nations first constitution contained 13 articles or sets of binding agreements on specific topics Overall the Articles of Confederation discussed the nature of the association of states limits on the respective powers of the states and confederation government the structure of the confederation government and methods of changing or amending the agreement Articles of Confederation did not provide the United States of America with an effective government The Articles of Confederation lacked an executive branch a judiciary and a permanent home or seat of government Also delegate absenteeism was widespread and because of Articles of Confederation Congress had difficulty raising money to pay off war debts and pay for its expenses The Article of Confederation lacked an executive branch a judiciary and a permanent home or seat of government The rise of government departments was an important step in the development of an executive branch One government department was created even before the Confederation which was the Post Office directed by a postmaster general By 1782 the Post office had twenty-six riders carrying mail Other departments came later At first the Congress mindful of the unchecked power of British governors had wanted to take on the tasks of executive departments Finally in 1781 overwhelmed by the need to represent by their states they appointed single executives in charge of departments of war foreign affairs finance and marine affairs Article of Confederation did not provide for federal court system Article 9 had merely permitted the creation of some courts to hear crime on the high seas and provided a cumbersome legal mechanism for solving state boundary problems The fact that Articles of Confederation was created it had failed to supply the Congress with a permanent home a seat of government or capital Absenteeism severely affected the governments ability to function properly Delegates were reluctant to leave their business or lands for long periods of time to be parted from their
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