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The Articles of Confederation

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Constitutional Convention

 

Definition: Document detailing form of government taken after the Revolutionary War. The focus was on state governments, which had tremendous power. This form of government proved unequal to the task of governing the 13 Colonies, mainly because 9 of the 13 states had to agree to get anything done. The result was the Constitutional Convention.

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The Articles of Confederation
Find out more about the United States's first form of government.

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Complete Text
This site has the complete text of the Articles.

A Multitude of Amendments
See how the ideas form a confederation evolved into the document ultimately approved.

Biographies of the Signers
This incredible site has biographies of everyone who signed the Articles.

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