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Articles of Confederation
(circa 1781)

The first draft of this document was delivered to the Continental Congress just eight days after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. After many changes, it became the United States' first constitution, and was adopted in its final form in 1781.

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Agreed to by Congress November 15, 1777, and in force after ratification by Maryland on March 1, 1781.

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