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The Articles of Confederation

The first document detailing a framework for a federal government gave the states enormous power over the federal government. These links give you the text of the Articles of Confederation and stories of how they were supposed to work an, ultimately, why they didn't work.


The Articles of Confederation
This fun, illustrated article gives you just the basic facts about this first American government document. Includes chart of Powers Granted and Power Denied to the national government.

Text of the Articles of Confederation
Read for yourself the ideas the early Americans had for a national government.

A Multitude of Amendments
The Articles weren't just dashed off and approved. They went through many rounds of revisions. See the how and the why.

Biographies of the Signers
This incredible site has the life stories of every one of the men who signed the Articles.

Short Background on the Articles
Get some facts about the Articles and the state of the country at the time of their signing.

Ben's Guide: A Simple Guide to the Articles of Confederation
If you want basic stuff, this site will give it to you. Your friendly guide, Ben Franklin, tells you about the Articles in simple language.

Articles of Confederation vs. Constitution
This helpful chart makes it very clear why the Constitution better suited the needs of the American people.

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