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Constitutional Convention

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Definition: Convention 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.

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The Constitution
Find out more about the United States's first successful (and still present) form of government.

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Complete Text
This site has the complete text of the Constitution, including all Amendments.

The Creation of the Constitution
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 event.

Biographies of the Signers
This incredible site has biographies of everyone who signed the Constitution.

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