As a new nation, the political leaders drew from a wide range of political ideas to write the Articles of Confederation. From reading previous documents, they learned to write the Articles. Several of the previous documents were the Magna Carta, the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and the English Bill of Rights. There were also political ideas from leaders such as John Locke and Thomas Pain.
But the writers of the Articles soon became aware
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Confederation were not working and many asked for a stronger central government.
Americans now realized that revisions in the Articles must be made for the new nation to survive. There was a meeting in Philadelphia on May 1787 for each representative of the 13 colonies to discuss ways to make " the constitution of the Federal Government adequate to the exigencies of the Union." This was then sent to the Confederation Congress and the governors of each state.