US Constitution


On May 14, 1787, the Federal Convention convened in the State House (known as Independence Hall) in Philadelphia to revise the Articles of Confederation. At first, only the delegations from two states appeared, so the members would continually adjourn until a quorum of seven states was present on May 25, 1787. The articles were reviewed and by mid-June it was decided that instead of amending the existing Articles, the Convention would draft a new form of government. The new US Constitution was drafted in closed sessions all through the remaining summer of 1787. There were many very important issues being debated, including the amount of power the central government has, how many representatives each state has, how such representatives are to be elected – either from within the government or by the people. The US Constitution is a perfect example of statesmanship and willingness for compromise.

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