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This Day In U.S. History November 15, 1777 – Thirteen Colonies Become One Nation

 

Congress Voting Independence, a depiction of the Second Continental Congress voting on the United States Declaration of Independence. Oil on canvas.

Congress Voting Independence, a depiction of the Second Continental Congress voting on the United States Declaration of Independence. Oil on canvas.

 

This Day In U.S. History November 15, 1777 – Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Revolutionary War: Thirteen Colonies Become One Nation: At the beginning of the American Revolution, after long and arduous debate, the Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation, serving as the first Constitution of the New Nation.

Source “The American Revolution Day By Day – Lighting Freedom’s Flame”

 

The Articles of  Confederation

The Articles of Confederation

After 16 months of debate, the Continental Congress, sitting in its temporary capital of York, Pennsylvania, agrees to adopt the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union on this day in 1777. Not until March 1, 1781, would the last of the 13 states, Maryland, ratify the agreement.

In 1777, Patriot leaders, stinging from British oppression, were reluctant to establish any form of government that might infringe on the right of individual states to govern their own affairs. The Articles of Confederation, then, provided for only a loose federation of American states. Congress was a single house, with each state having one vote, and a president elected to chair the assembly. Although Congress did not have the right to levy taxes, it did have authority over foreign affairs and could regulate a national army and declare war and peace. Amendments to the Articles required approval from all 13 states. On March 2, 1781, following final ratification by the 13th state, the Articles of Confederation became the law of the land.

Less than five years after the ratification of the Articles of Confederation, many leading Americans decided that the system was inadequate to the task of governance and worked together to create a new constitution and federal form of government. The difference between a collection of sovereign states forming a confederation and a federal government created by a sovereign people lay at the heart of debate as the new American people decided what form their new government would take.

 

Thirteen original Colonies

Thirteen original Colonies

 

In 1787, a group of leaders met in seclusion during Philadelphia’s summer heat to create this new government. On March 4, 1789, the modern United States was established when the U.S. Constitution formally replaced the Articles of Confederation.

Between 1776 and 1789, Americans went from living under a sovereign king, to living in sovereign states, to becoming a sovereign people. That transformation defined the American Revolution. Source This Day In History

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Benjamin Franklin's cartoon, encouraging  confederation of the Colonies and support for the Congress

Benjamin Franklin’s cartoon, encouraging confederation of the Colonies and support for the Congress

 

Timeline of the American Revolution – From the French-Indian War 1754-1763 to the Signing of The U.S. Constitution 1788.

 

America remember and honor your history – it will give direction, purpose and security to your future.


 
 
 
 
 

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