A More Perfect Union--Take 1
The Articles of
Confederation Are Adopted
November 15, 1777 - How does a country
become a country? When the Colonies declare their
independence from Britain, they have a flag and an army.
What they lack is a government.
If you are
forming a new country, how would you run it? Would there
be one leader, or representatives from each state? Would
larger states have more representatives and more votes
than smaller states? The second Continental Congress
debated similar issues for one year. On November 15, 1777,
the second Continental Congress adopts the Articles of
Confederation and Perpetual Union. Then they need
approval from the states.
Still at war with Great
Britain, the colonists are not eager to establish another
powerful national government. Three-and-a-half years
pass before the states ratified (approved of) the
As with anyone's first try at something,
the Articles of Confederation were not perfect. While they
required Congress to regulate the military, for example,
they did not ensure that the states would send people to
Eventually replaced by the United States
Constitution of 1789, the Articles of Confederation did
provide some stability during the Revolutionary War years.
Most important, they provided valuable lessons in
self-governance and somewhat calmed fears about a powerful
Are there changes in the
government that you would like to make?