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Congress cobbled together the Articles of Confederation without providing many features that the individual states had included in their constitutions

Congress cobbled together the Articles of Confederation without providing many features that the individual states had included in their constitutions. Fear of British-style government also shaped the minds of Congress. Having just cast off a powerful central government with a king, the Articles abandoned the idea of a single unified executive to enforce the law. Nor did Congress have the power to tax, another power that the British had abused. The Articles created a weak government whose ability to raise revenue, engage in military actions, and conduct diplomacy depended entirely on the goodwill of the states. (Keene, Cornell & O’Donnell, 2013).