from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the compact which was first made by the original thirteen States of the United States. They were adopted March 1, 1781, and remained the supreme law until March, 1789.
- n. See under Article.
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- n. a written agreement ratified in 1781 by the thirteen original states; it provided a legal symbol of their union by giving the central government no coercive power over the states or their citizens
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Franklin’s Albany Plan of 1754 had been the precursor of his own more ambitious Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, which he had laid before the Congress the previous July.
“The Chevalier de La Luzerne and the Ratification of the Articles of Confederation by Maryland, 1780—1781, with Accompanying Documents.”
This was the theory of “implied powers,” the idea that the power to incur debt outlined in the Articles of Confederation carried with it an implied power to force the states, by one means or another, to pay for those debts.
Yet even as successive rounds of research eroded the foundations of the Beardian thesis, Beard’s disciples branched out, unearthing disputes as old as the nation itself—the division between the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution, the quarrel over state issues of paper money, the contest between “Republican” virtue and the corrosive influence of commerce.