Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Articles of Confederation

On November 15, 1777, in York, Pennsylvania, the Second Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, the first constitution of the fledgling United States of America. The document is known mostly for its defects and the weak, ineffectual central government that it created. We think of George Washington as the first American President, and he was the first to serve under our present Constitution, which came about ten years later. However, ten men served as President under the Articles of Confederation, including John Hancock and Richard Henry Lee. It is interesting to note that only five of the politicians that signed the Articles signed the Constitution ten years later.