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The Articles of Confederation

The Articles of Confederation

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After the United States declared its independence from Great Britain, it became clear that there needed to be a plan for how the government would be run. The wounds from King George III were still fresh in the minds of Americans and the states were leery of giving up their newfound freedom to a national government.

So the Continental Congress worked to create the Articles of Confederation.

Benjamin Franklin, Silas Deane, and the Connecticut delegation all wrote drafts of the document, but the final draft, written by John Dickinson, was the one that would be reviewed and adopted by the Continental Congress.

The Articles of Confederation weren't perfect, but they did help the United States transition from life under British rule to its new role as an independent country.

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