The Articles of Confederation, formally named the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, was an agreement among all 13 original states in the United States of America that served as its first constitution. The Articles of Confederation were ratified in 1781. The colonies resented the laws of the British Parliament so they set up a central government of their own. The only branch of government was a Congress with one house. Congress had power over military and foreign affairs but not over the affairs of each individual state. They could not enforce its powers or collect taxes. The articles were too weak to create a functioning central government so in 1787 the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia with Ben Franklin and George Washington present and in 1779 a new document went into effect called the Constitution.

The American Revolution for kids : Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson and Western Expansion in the US

History of The Articles of Confederation

Thomas Jefferson

What was the Louisiana Purchase?

Lewis and Clark

War of 1812 - Interactive

Lots of Free Presentations about Jefferson, Creating a New Government, and the New Republic

American History Games

Road to Revolution Games

The Revolution Begins - Lexington & Concord, Paul Revere, the Shot Heard Round the World

The Liberty Bell

Revolutionary Games (interactive)

The Midnight Ride - Paul Revere

Ben Franklin

George Washington

The Revolutionary War for Kids

The American Revolution

Kid Info American Revolution

Colonial Timeline

4th of July

The American Revolution Trivia Game

American Revolutionary war trivia game

PBS the road to the American Revolution game

superhard American Revolution trivia questions

American History Games