On This Day: Continental Congress Adopts the Articles of Confederation

On November 15, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation, the first constitution of the United States. However, all thirteen states did not ratify this document until 1781. The Articles of Confederation created a weak central government along with a loose confederation of sovereign states. The need for a stronger federal government was soon realized and this led to the Constitutional Convention in 1787.

The Articles of Confederation

Chris Arndt provides an overview of this document.

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