Continental Congress

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In 1781, the Continental Congress ratified a weaker version of the Articles of Confederation. The ratification put all of the thirteen states under one central government. The Articles reserved to each state “it’s sovereignty, freedom, and independence” and established a government in which Americans were citizens of their own states first and then of the United States second. By the creation of this central government, it essentially possessed vast powers that were inferior to the …

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…if there were action taken. The states had approved the Articles of Confederation, which would form a central government and possess vast powers, but in fact it did not contain such powers of that of the states. With problems between the differential powers of the central government and the states, it became apparent that the Articles of the Confederation was not doing what it was intended to do, this causing an inefficient and ineffective government.