Articles of Confederation2018-01-14T13:52:22+00:00
Portrait of John Dickinson.

John Dickinson, a delegate from Delaware, was the principal author of the draft of the Articles of Confederation.

Articles of Confederation

1781–1789

As the delegates to the Second Continental Congress were drafting the Declaration of Independence they were also developing a plan for unifying the thirteen colonies to defeat Great Britain. In the summer of 1776, a committee composed of one delegate from each colony drafted the Articles of Confederation, America’s first constitution. Although the document created a weak central government in comparison to the federal government established by the current  Constitution, the Articles successfully created a “firm league of friendship” that guided the emerging nation through its fledgling years.

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  • Article Title Articles of Confederation
  • Coverage 1781–1789
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  • Keywords articles of confederation
  • Website Name American History Central
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  • Access Date January 18, 2019
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update January 14, 2018