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Before July 4, 1776, in America practically everyone except the Indians were British subjects. On July 4, 1776 the United States of America was born and the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776 was its birth certificate. Almost immediately, work began on an instrument that would unite thirteen free and independent states into one perpetual Union. The Articles of Confederation of November 15, 1777 was the instrument that united all thirteen States on March 1, 1781.
Between July 4, 1776 and March 1, 1781 an American could only legitimately claim State citizenship in one of the thirteen States. After March 1, 1781, a person could claim all the privileges and immunities of a citizen of a State as a free inhabitant without being a citizen or a person could claim to be a Citizen of the United States.
The Constitution of September 17, 1787 formally recognized the status of Citizen of the United States, when New Hampshire became the ninth State to ratify and, thus, establish that Constitution. The elections of Representatives and Senators were set, however, it would be impossible for any Senator to meet the Constitution’s nine Years a Citizen of the United States requirement until after March 1, 1790. Newly elected Senators would still qualify as delegates under the Articles of Confederation of November 15, 1777 and the nine States could function as the Committee of States under Article IX and X of the Articles of Confederation.
When the first Congress convenes on March 4, 1789 in New York City none of the Senators qualified to take the Article VI oath, so the preparation of a legislative oath was the first order of business. This is how the Constitution of September 17, 1787 became the Constitution of the United States, which George Washington swore to “preserve, protect and defend.” The Constitution of the United States covered a territory that amounted to the lands owned by the United States of America. To learn more about what constitutes the United States and how to enroll contact me at email@example.com
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