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Articles of Confederation


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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  • When they say "the founders wanted a limited federal government", make sure to reply "yes, it was called the Articles of Confederation, and it failed miserably". refudiate has a ring of truthiness about it. Main RSS Feed

  • The Articles of Confederation was the right way to go all along, eh? - Notre Dame Football, Basketball, & Recruiting

  • It was further matured and the faith of all the then thirteen States expressly plighted and engaged that it should be perpetual, by the Articles of Confederation in 1778.

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  • As a history refresher, the Articles of Confederation, adopted by the Second Continental Congress in 1777 and ratified in 1781, established a confederacy built merely on a "firm league of friendship" between thirteen independent states.

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  • 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.

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  • See also conscience, freedom of specific person representation: and Articles of Confederation, 176


  • Next, on a motion by James Galloway, a Scottish immigrant and critic of the Constitution from Rockingham County in the Piedmont, a set of documents was read aloud, including the North Carolina constitution and bill of rights, the Articles of Confederation, the proposed federal Constitution, the resolution of the Confederation Congress asking the states to call ratifying conventions, and the act of the state legislature that had brought the delegates to Hillsborough.


  • The Articles of Confederation did not need to include specific protections of individual rights since they operated on the states.


  • Article V, para. 1 and 2 of the Articles of Confederation, DHRC I: 87.


  • It said the delegates considered it unwise to place all the powers necessary for an effective general government in one body, the Confederation Congress, as the Articles of Confederation had done.



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