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Mon Apr 25, 2016, 11:55 PM

The Many U.S. Presidents Before George Washington.

The Many U.S. Presidents Before George Washington.
Schools in the United States teach children from an early age that the first president of the United States was George Washington. But teachers often forget to mention a small, kind of important detail- George Washington was the first U.S. president under the current United States Constitution, but he wasn’t the country’s first president.

Before the U.S. Constitution came into being, the Articles of Confederation served as the glue which held all thirteen states together as a single country. (See: The Articles of Confederation: The Constitution Before the Constitution) The Articles went into effect in 1781, and they established a loose alliance among the states. The Articles also defined the role of Congress to oversee the national needs, as well as the office of the president.

Due to the fear of giving too much power to one person, the office of president was extremely limited in power and scope, and was not even a paid position. Rather, the primary roles of the president at this time were simply to preside over meetings and handle various state correspondence. The president was also the one who signed official congressional documents.

A good introduction to a part of our history that we don't teach or talk about.

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Agnosticsherbet Apr 2016 OP
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Response to Agnosticsherbet (Original post)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 12:07 AM

1. They aren't teaching this in school? What a crying shame!

I learned this in school, but I had the benefit of a very good education. I was lucky.

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Sat May 7, 2016, 04:21 AM

2. "Hamilton" - the prequel!!

I'm obsessed with Lin Manuel Miranda's score. The details of history he puts across has been the best antidote to Trump imaginable.

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Mon May 9, 2016, 03:30 PM

4. Thanks.

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Tue Jan 10, 2017, 08:53 PM

5. Hate this

You have to pretend that the united colonies and the confederated states were the same thing as the United States under the Constitution. They are not the same entity anymore than Imperial Russia is the same thing as the USSR and the Russian Republic.

When the Constitution was ratified there was a new nation, full stop. Washington was the first President of the United States of America.

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