Articles of the Confederation
Updated: 11/8/2018
Articles of the Confederation
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  • Meeting in Philadelphia.
  • States that signed the Articles of Confederation
  • The Government's Unstability
  • The Articles of Confederation was signed at a town hall in the city of Philadelphia, on March 2, 1781.
  • Representatives from the Thirteen Colonies
  • Massachusetts, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, New York South and North Carolina, Rhode Island, Virginia, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Georgia all signed the Articles of the Confederation. 48 representatives from the the States signed the Articles of the Confederation.
  • The Government's Power
  • The Articles created a weak and unstable Government. As a result of the Articles of Confederation, the States had much more power than the congress and the Government. For the Articles to to take effect, all the Thirteen States had to agree to make it valid.
  • The Original Constitution
  • "Each state retains every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this Confederation expressly delegated to the United States, in Congress assembled."
  • Each of the Thirteen States had multiple representatives, some of the most important historical figures here were Ben Franklin, Sam Adams, John Hancock and many more. There were no British politicians involved in this event.
  • and.The Articles of Confederation before all states signed it was a loose form of government, which each state having one vote. Congress at the time had no right to impose taxes but it was able to do foreign affairs, regulate the military, declare war and peace. When the last state signed it in 1781 it became the law of the land.
  • The event was significant because it was the first written Constitution of the US. It was an early version of the Constitution, and it was made as an agreement among the original Thirteen Colonies. They fought the Revolution and established federal power together.
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