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Creating a National Government - 1

Having declared their independence, the former colonies united to establish a national government under the Articles of Confederation. Within a few years, however, the weaknesses of the central government, dependent on unanimous consent of the states and lacking the power to regulate taxes and trade, became apparent. In May 1787, delegates to a convention called to amend the Articles of Confederation instead drafted the Constitution, a new framework for a stronger union.

1 Image James Madison’s “Vices of the Political System of the U.S.,” April... View All Images
4 Images Virginia Plan, as Amended, June 13, 1787 View All Images