Constitution of the United States


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In May of 1787 representatives of twelve of the thirteen states (all but Rhode Island) convened the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia to draft a constitution for the union that bound them together. Since the end of the Revolutionary War, the United States had been operating under the Articles of Confederation, but sentiment was growing that the articles were too weak and that the infant nation was in danger of collapsing because it lacked a strong federal government. After weeks of...