Article III described Confederation as “a firm alliance of friendship” of states “for their common defence, the security of their liberties, and their mutual and universal well-being.” This League would have a unicameral congress as the central institution of government; As in the past, each state had one vote and delegates were elected by the state legislatures. According to the articles, each state has retained its “sovereignty, freedom and independence.” The old weakness of the First and Second Continental Congresses remained: the new Congress could neither levy taxes nor regulate trade. Its revenues would come from the states, each contributing according to the value of private land within their borders. Each state retains its sovereignty, liberty, and independence, and all powers, jurisdictions, and laws not expressly delegated by that confederacy to the United States shall be convened in Congress. Nevertheless, solid gains had been made: some state claims to western lands were regulated, and the North-West Ordinance of 1787 established the basic model for government development in areas north of the Ohio River. Equally important, Confederation provided the new nation with instructive experiences in self-government in a written document. By exposing their own weaknesses, the articles paved the way for the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and the current form of U.S. government. The Committee of States, or nine of them, shall be authorized to exercise, during the recess of the Congress, such powers of Congress as the United States in the assembled Congress, with the consent of nine States, may from time to time deem appropriate to confer upon them; provided that no powers shall be delegated to the said Committee, the exercise of which requires the vote of nine states in the United States Congress under the Articles of Confederation.

All credits, borrowings, and debts issued by Congress or under the authority of Congress before the Assembly of the United States in the pursuit of this Confederation shall be considered a burden on the United States for payment and satisfaction, in which the said United States and the public faith are solemnly pledged. There can be no treaty, confederation, or alliance between two or more states without the consent of the United States in the assembled Congress, which will specify the purposes for which it will be concluded and how long it will last. The committee was responsible for preparing and digesting “the form of a confederation” for the formation of the national congress. And considering that the Great Governor of the world has pleased to bow, approve and authorize the hearts of the legislators we each represent in Congress to ratify the aforesaid articles of Confederation and Eternal Union. Know that we, the undersigned delegates, by virtue of the power and authority vested upon us for this purpose, by these gifts in the name and on behalf of our respective constituents, ratify and affirm fully and fully each of the said Articles of Confederation and of the Eternal Union and all matters and things contained therein: And we continue to solemnly defend the faith of our respective voters, that they will abide by the decisions of the United States in the assembled Congress in all matters referred to them by the said Confederacy. And that its articles are inviolably respected by the States we each represent, and that the Union is eternal. Each State shall comply with the decisions of the United States in Congress convened on all matters referred to it by that Confederacy. And the articles of this confederation shall be inviolably observed by every state, and the union shall be eternal; none of them can be changed at a later date; Unless such an amendment is approved by a United States Congress and then confirmed by each state legislature. Canada, which accedes to this Confederation and joins the action of the United States, is admitted into this Union and enjoys all the advantages of this Union; but no other colony may be admitted to the same union unless nine states consent thereto. The delegates of the United States of America, meeting in Congress, on the fifteenth day of November of the year of grace, approved one thousand seven hundred and seventy-seven, and in the second year of the independence of America, certain articles of Confederation and eternal union between the states of New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island, and the plantations of Providence, of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, in the following words, namely: Article of Confederation, the first Constitution of the United States (1781-89), which served as a bridge between the original government of the Continental Congress of the revolutionary period and the federal government provided for in the U.S. Constitution of 1787.

As the experience of arrogant British central authority was vivid in colonial minds, the authors of the articles deliberately founded a confederation of sovereign states. The articles were written in 1776/77 and passed by Congress on November 15, 1777. However, the document was not fully ratified by the states until March 1, 1781. After the Declaration of Independence, members of the Continental Congress realized that it would be necessary to form a national government. Congress began discussing what form the administration would take on July 22 and disagreed on a number of issues, including whether representation and voting would be proportional or state-to-state. Disagreements delayed the last discussions on Confederation until October 1777. By this time, the British conquest of Philadelphia had made the problem more urgent. The delegates eventually formulated the Articles of Confederation, in which they agreed on state votes and proportional state tax burdens based on land values, although they left the issue of states` claims to Western countries unresolved. Congress sent the articles to the states for ratification at the end of November. Most delegates acknowledged that the articles were an imperfect compromise, but felt that they were better than the absence of a formal national government. The Articles of Confederation were more of a treaty—or a “firm alliance of friendship”—than a constitution and in no way violated the sovereignty of the original thirteen states. Each state has retained “its sovereignty, liberty, and independence, and all powers, jurisdictions, and rights not expressly delegated to the United States assembled in Congress.” Congress, the principal organ of the new national administration, had only the power to declare war, appoint military officers, sign treaties, forge alliances, appoint foreign ambassadors, and manage relations with American Indians.

All states were equally represented in Congress, and nine of the thirteen states had to approve a law before it became law. The changes required the consent of all States. On March 1, 1781, Congress officially declared the Articles of Confederation in force as the charter governing the nation. His version called for a representative in Congress of States based on population and gave the national government powers that were not assigned to the states. Members of the Second Continental Congress wrote the articles of Confederation and Eternal Union. It was the precursor to the Constitution of the United States. The Confederate States of America was a collection of 11 states that seceded from the United States in 1860 after the election of President Abraham Lincoln. Led by Jefferson Davis and existing from 1861 to 1865, the Confederacy fought for legitimacy and was never established. The hope was to make changes to the articles to strengthen the government, and a meeting for this purpose was scheduled for 25 May 1787. The Constitution provides for proportional representation in the United States. The House of Representatives and seats in the House of Representatives are distributed according to the population of the state. By the time the Articles of Confederation were approved by Congress, six separate bills had been submitted.

Benjamin Franklin and Silas Deane submitted drawings, and the Connecticut delegation presented the third design.