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What was the constitutional convention? : 

What was the constitutional convention?

Constitutional Convention : 

Constitutional Convention In 1787, there was a need for a stronger national government. The 1st Constitution for the United States was the Articles of Confederation. It had many weaknesses including not having supreme national power, no separation of powers, and the national government could not tax.

Constitutional Convention : 

Constitutional Convention Congress agreed to revise the Articles of Confederation. Each state sent delegates to Philadelphia. 55 delegates met from all of the states except for Rhode Island. The delegates were highly educated white males. Their professions were lawyers, merchants, planters, college presidents, physicians, generals, governors, and planters. Not represented were women, African Americans, and Native Americans.

Constitutional Convention : 

Constitutional Convention George Washington presided over the Convention. The delegates agreed to keep the meeting secret. James Madison kept a journal that later told us the details of the meeting. After debating, the Framers decided to start from scratch and write a new Constitution.

The Scene at the Signing of the Constitution, oil painting (reproduction) by Howard Chandler Christy, 1940 : 

The Scene at the Signing of the Constitution, oil painting (reproduction) by Howard Chandler Christy, 1940

The Scene at the Signing of the Constitution, oil painting (reproduction) by Howard Chandler Christy, 1940 : 

The Scene at the Signing of the Constitution, oil painting (reproduction) by Howard Chandler Christy, 1940 “In drafting the Constitution, the delegates consulted the wisdom of the ages, sifting through the contemporary political tracts of their own day, as well as the histories of ancient civilizations. They understood power to be corrupting and humans to be subject to their worst instincts. The debates inside the meeting room were heated and contentious. The delegates examined every phrase of the constitution through the prism of the conflicting interests they represented: large states and small states, states with commercially based economies versus states with slave-based agricultural economies. History, political theory, their own interests, and devotion to the American experiment, all informed their thinking, as they hammered out a practical scheme of government.” Courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol, Washington, DC (Archives.gov)<http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/charters_of_freedom_zoom_pages/charters_of_freedom_zoom_6.2.1.html>

Constitutional Convention : 

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