The first and second drafts of the Articles of Confederation were written by Benjamin Franklin and Silas Deane, and the fourth was written by John Dickinson. This fourth draft went through two revisions and was approved ... More »

The Articles of Confederation is an important document in American history because it united the individual states and established the federal government. It defined the law of the United States from 1781 until the ratif... More »

The Articles of Confederation created a weak national government with little authority, leaving much power and responsibility to the states. The Articles gave the national government supremacy in matters of foreign polic... More »

The final Articles of Confederation was the result of a draft by John Dickinson, which was reviewed and redrafted twice by Congress before it was approved. Three other drafts were presented before Dickinson's. They were ... More »

After adoption by the Continental Congress on Nov. 15, 1777, the Articles of Confederation were eventually approved by all 13 states by March 1, 1781. The Articles served as the written document that established the func... More »

The Articles of Confederation, an interim constitution the 13 colonies adopted during the Revolutionary War, were too weak to form an effective central government. Although they provided for the management of the war eff... More »

In the Articles of Confederation, each state in the United States had only one vote in the unicameral legislature. States' rights and limiting the power of the federal government were the aims of this organization. More »