Define republicanism in the 1700's.

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After the Revolutionary War, the colonists needed to establish a plan for the new government. This new plan was called the Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation were based on several principles. One of those principles was the principle of Republicanism.

In its more simple form, Republicanism means to sacrifice for the common good, to provide equality and simplicity, and to give people the power to choose their leaders. There were many issues to resolve as the Articles of Confederation were being written. One was what would be done with western lands that some states owned. Because not all states owned land in the west, this was a concern. To sacrifice for the good of the country, a decision was made that all the states with western land would give it to the federal government.

We also see Republicanism in action with both the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. This concept represents a belief that people should be electing their leaders. In both plans of government, people chose their leaders.

Republicanism was a key part of both of our plans of government.