This situation is sort of ironic. Rhode Island was the only country to put the new federal Constitution to a public referendum. The public defeated it by a margin of something like 11 to 1, wanting nothing to do with the Constitution.
Didn't know that Rhode Island was a country back then.
Was Roger Williams its first president?
PS - You better not come up with something that shows they were a country for a while - I don't like eating crow.
They were all independent and sovereign countries--that's why they were called states. You know, the meaning for "state" that means "country."
Organized in a federation under the Articles of Confederation.*
My god! Massa Robert would roll over in his grave. Lee said he could not raise his hand against his country
--Virginia. And that was in the 1860s.
By the way. I just came across this little bit recently. Did you know Lee was a colonel in the 1st Cavalry when he resigned his commission in the US Army? I never knew. Wow. Also, it kinda sheds new light on J.E.B. Stuart's early absence at Gettysburg. Bet ol' Lee was having fits, himself having been in the cavalry.
*Yes, there was a Confederacy before the Confederacy. Interesting period in American history. Our first President was in fact not Geo. Washington. Our first was John Hanson.
On another note. The full name was Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union
. OK, now if it was a perpetual union, from where came the legal authority to do away with it a few years later under a convention? A convention called to strengthen some of the articles, butwhich morphed into afull blown constitutionalconvention without the authority to write the template for a whole new government. And then seventy-some years later that government crushed states who left a union that was not even perpetual?