The articles of confederation formally the articles of confederation and perpetual union was a document signed amongst the 13 original colonies that established the united states of america as a confederation of sovereign states and served as its first constitution its drafting by a committee appointed by the second continental congress began on july 12 1776 and an approved version was . The articles of confederation and perpetual union was an agreement among the 13 original states of the united states of america that served as its first constitution it was approved after much debate between july 1776 and november 1777 by the second continental congress on november 15 1777 and sent to the states for ratification. The articles of confederation were effective from march 1 1781 to march 4 1789 and were the basis of the national government of the us during the american revolutionary war the articles of confederation were replaced by the us constitution that went into effect in 1789 articles of confederation colonies to states. National archives washington dc the first constitution of the united states was known as the articles of confederation the articles were written in 1776 77 after independence from great britain had been declared and while the american revolution was in progress as a constitution the articles had a short life. Get this from a library the articles of confederation karen price hossell provides a history of the articles of confederation explains why they are important and describes how historical documents such as this can be restored and preserved
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