What Are the Articles of Confederation?
The Articles of Confederation were written under the cloud of war and with the notion that each state was
Hello I'm Milo for About.com and today we're talking about the Articles of Confederation. In rejecting British rule with the Declaration of Independence in 1776, the American Colonies needed to quickly create a legal government. The first attempt were the Articles of Confederation. While Independence was formally declared in July, in June the Continental Congress had begun to work on a constitution. At this point each state was almost considered its own country and each were encouraged to produce their own constitutions as quickly as possible. The Articles of Confederation were written under the cloud of war and with the notion in mind that each state was virtually sovereign. At this time there was a great fear of central government. Ratified in 1781, the Articles of Confederation were so limited they proved insufficient for really governing an actual country and were replaced in 1789 by the present Constitution. There are thirteen Articles of Confederation and in a nutshell they are: For more excellent, insightful, and interesting information on history check us out at About.com.