called in 1787 to discuss problems with the current
government document, the Articles of Confederation. The
result was a new form of government, the Constitution.
Delegates from all over the colonies attended, and they
struggled with competing concerns of large-population states
and small-population states. George Washington presided over
the Convention, and James Madison took detailed notes. Once
the Constitution was approved at the Convention, it still
had to be ratified by a certain number of states.
Find out more about the United States's first successful
(and still present) form of government.
on the Web:
This site has the complete text of the Constitution,
including all Amendments.
Creation of the
See how the idea of a strong central government evolved into
our Constitution. Read about the Convention, its major
players, and the events before and after this historic
of the Signers
This incredible site has biographies of everyone who signed
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