This image depicts the now highly faded Articles of Confederation which the newly formed country adopted on November 15, 1777. This document was effectively America's first constitution.
It gave most of the power to the individual States and did not call for a strong central (federal) government. It was in force between March 1, 1781 until 1789 when the still-used U.S. Constitution went into effect.
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Image online, courtesy U.S. National Archives. PD