Articles of Confederation

The Articles of Confederation were created to define a new central government for America.

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The new United States of America had no central government to replace the British control of national issues such as commerce, foreign policy and defense. The members of the Second Continental Congress continued to govern in place of a national government. They appointed a committee to draft the Articles of Confederation.

The Articles of Confederation defined the federal government powers separate from those of the states. The Articles were adopted in March 1781. In the interim, the Congress continued to act on behalf of the federal government, and they directed the war effort.


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