The National Government As the state governments began to take shape, Congress turned its attention to designing a national government. John Dickinson of Pennsylvania was put in charge of the committee to draft a plan for this new government. Congress adopted ...
The Northwest Ordinance Congress immediately took steps to resolve the problem of the disputed land in the west. The Land Ordinance of 1785 marked off all the land east of the Mississippi into townships and put up 640-acre lots in the townships for sale, at the ...