What was the first government for the United States outlined in?

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The answer to this question is the Articles of Confederation.  The first government of the independent United States was outlined in a document called the Articles of Confederation.  This document was the first constitution of the United States.

The Articles of Confederation were adopted by the Second Continental Congress in 1777. This was after the Declaration of Independence, but before the colonies had actually won their independence. This constitution created the government that led the US through the Revolutionary War and the first few years of its independence.  The Articles of Confederation were replaced by the document that we now call the Constitution of the United States in 1789.

The Articles of Confederation set up a government that is very different from what we have today.  It had a unicameral Congress with equal representation from each state. It had no executive branch. It created a confederal system in which the states had much more power than the national government did. It created this sort of government because the citizens of the new country were anxious to make sure their government would not be able to abuse them the way that (they felt) the British government had.

The first government of the US, then, was created by and outlined in the Articles of Confederation.

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