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Discuss the various national governments that Americans attempted from 1775 to and including 1789 Americans developed many types of national governments between 1775 to 1789 Each of these variations in centralized governments served different purposes through out this time period They also represented the ideologies and fears of the people in how they were regarded empowered and organized One of the first unified fronts that the colonial states presented in a form of centralized governments was the formation of the Second Congress The Second Congress met on May 10 1775 in Philadelphia It had many of the same restrictions that the First Congress had when it met in September 1774 Their purpose was to perform in two contradictory ways First they had to raise money for an army All the while negotiating a reconciliation with England Some of the delegates included John Hancock John and Samuel Adams John Dickinson George Washington Benjamin Franklin and James Madison Although these delegates were for the most part of the same mind in 1775 times would later change them influencing all of them in different political directions This Congress had virtually no power They did not have any authority to write or change laws But they could raise an army finance the war gathering a pro-independence coalition and they could explore diplomatic alliances with foreign countries So little power was given to Congress by the states because of a deeply embedded fear of a powerful centralized government Unwilling to repeat the mistake made in Britain placing so much power in such a small governing body was something that the states strived to not repeat And they kept that in mind when they elected to draft the Articles of Confederation The Articles of Confederation drafted by John Dickinson in May 1775 allowed Congress to issue bills borrow money to settle all disputes between states and to administer unsettled western lands However many state governments
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