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Creating a National Government - 2

The newly independent states united to establish a national government under the Articles of Confederation. The Articles made progress difficult because the weak central government depended on unanimous consent of the states and lacked the power to regulate taxes and trade. Meeting from May to September 1787, a convention called to amend the Articles instead drew on other documents and plans of governance to create a stronger framework for union: the United States Constitution.

1 Image Thomas Jefferson’s Drafts and Notes on the Virginia Constitution,... View All Images
1 Image Printed Draft of the U.S. Constitution by the Committee on Revision... View All Images