Definition of Congress of the confederation
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The "Congress of the Confederation", or the "Confederation Congress" served as the "United States in Congress Assembled" ( a frequently used term), which was the governing body of the United States of America that existed from March 1, 1781, to March 4, 1789. It comprised delegates appointed by the legislatures or assemblies of the several States. It was the immediate successor to the Second Continental Congress, (1775-1781) and governed under the newly adopted "Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union", which were proposed 1776-1777, adopted by the Continental Congress in July 1778 and finally agreed to by a unanimous vote of all Thirteen States by 1781 (held over by a long dispute over the cession of western territories beyond the Appalachian Mountains to the central government led by Maryland and a coalition of smaller states without western claims. The newly reorganized Congress at the time, referred however to itself as the "Continental Congress" throughout its eight-year history (although modern historians separate the two which operated under slightly different rules and procedures both during the early American Revolutionary War and the post-war period. The membership of the "Second Continental Congress" automatically carried over to the "Congress of the Confederation" when the latter was created by the ratification of the Articles of Confederation. The "Congress of the Confederation" was succeeded by the "Congress of the United States" as provided for in the Constitution of the United States, proposed September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia and ratified by the States through 1787 to 1788 and even into 1789 and 1790.
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