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In 1776, The American colonies declared their independence from England. Thirteen fiercely independent states banded together to become a new country.
There were many issues to resolve in order to form a strong country. Each state had its own form of self-government. The oppression from England united the states with the purpose of freedom. however, they were fearful of creating a government that would return them to the same tyranny they had endured from England.
The first government in the United States was formed under The Articles of Confederation. In 1777, the states sent delegates to a convention to put together a plan for a unified country. Together, they wrote a document that would establish a central government with a legislative congress to make laws.
For four years, the states debated these articles. Finally, in 1781, they were approved by all thirteen states. The Articles of Confederation created a weak central government. The economy became chaotic. The new, weak government proved ineffective in uniting the states.
The United States Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787 by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The document became legal on June 21, 1788. The last state to ratify the constitution was Rhode Island on May 29, 1790.
The United States Constitution has remained the highest law in our land since it was written in 1787. Our federal government continues to be a government "of the people, by the people, and for the people."
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