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Constitution of the United States

  • Type: Constitutional document
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Drafted in secret by delegates to the Constitutional Convention during the summer of 1787, this four-page document, signed on September 17, 1787, established the government of the United States.

The Federal Convention convened in the State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia on May 14, 1787, to revise the Articles of Confederation. Because the delegations from only two states were at first present, the members adjourned from day to day until a quorum of seven states was obtained on May 25. Through discussion and debate it became clear by mid-June that, rather than amend the existing Articles, the Convention would draft an entirely new frame of government. All through the summer, in closed sessions, the delegates debated, and redrafted the articles of the new Constitution. Among the chief points at issue were how much power to allow the central government, how many representatives in Congress to allow each state, and how these representatives should be elected--directly by the people or by the state legislators. The work of many minds, the Constitution stands as a model of cooperative statesmanship and the art of compromise. - US National Archives




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Y/M/D Association Description Place Locale Food Event
1787/00/00 Pierce Butler Author Pierce Butler proposes the Fugitive Slave Clause (Article 4, Section 2) for the US Constitution. Persons "held to service" in one state who escapes to another, shall be "delivered up on claim of the party to whom such service or labour may be due". Independence Hall Philadelphia Constitutional Convention
1787/09/17 Charles C Pinckney Singer, Representing South Carolina Federal Convention adopts the US Constitution Independence Hall Philadelphia Constitutional Convention
1787/09/17 Abraham Baldwin Singer, Representing Georgia Federal Convention adopts the US Constitution Independence Hall Philadelphia Constitutional Convention
1787/09/17 Charles Pinckney A principal author of the US Constitution Federal Convention adopts the US Constitution Independence Hall Philadelphia Constitutional Convention
1787/09/17 Daniel Carroll Signer, Representing Maryland Federal Convention adopts the US Constitution Independence Hall Philadelphia Constitutional Convention
1787/09/17 Pierce Butler Signer, Representing South Carolina Federal Convention adopts the US Constitution Independence Hall Philadelphia Constitutional Convention
1787/09/17 Gouverneur Morris Signer, Author of the Preamble Federal Convention adopts the US Constitution Independence Hall Philadelphia Constitutional Convention
1788/06/25 Nathaniel Burwell Delegate from James City County Deliberating since June 2 in Richmond at the Richmond Theatre, delegates to the Virginia Convention ratify the US Constitution by a vote of 89 to 79 vote. Patrick Henry pushes for a federal Bill of Rights. Monumental Church Richmond
1788/06/25 Patrick Henry Delegate Deliberating since June 2 in Richmond at the Richmond Theatre, delegates to the Virginia Convention ratify the US Constitution by a vote of 89 to 79 vote. Patrick Henry pushes for a federal Bill of Rights. Monumental Church Richmond

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Particulars for Constitution of the United States:
Art Type Constitutional document
Narrative Arts Factual

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Original Language: English



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