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On this day in 1777, the Articles of Confederation were adopted by the Continental Congress

November 15, 2025

On this day in 1777, the Articles of Confederation were adopted by the Continental Congress. The Articles served as a precursor to the Constitution, which was adopted 11 years later.

Did you know? Though it united the 13 colonies under one government, the Articles made for a weak national government. They could not enforce federal obligations on the states, including legislation and taxation. This lack of power was a major problem as the new United States exited the Revolutionary War with millions in debt.

United States, 1783, A History of the United States, 1922

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November 15, 2025
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