Book/Printed Material Constitution of the United States.

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Title

  • Constitution of the United States.

Summary

  • 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 present initially, the members adjourned from one day to the next 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 of Confederation, the convention would draft an entirely new framework for the government. All through the summer, the delegates debated, drafted, and redrafted the articles of the new Constitution in closed sessions. 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 Constitution was the work of many minds and stands as a model of cooperative statesmanship and the art of compromise.

Names

  • United States. Constitutional Convention Creator.

Created / Published

  • [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1787-09-17.

Headings

  • -  United States of America
  • -  1787
  • -  Constitutions
  • -  Political participation
  • -  Politics and government
  • -  Representative government and representation

Notes

  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: Manuscript (4 pages of parchment).
  • -  Original resource at: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.
  • -  Content in English.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.

Medium

  • 1 online resource.

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021667573

Online Format

  • compressed data
  • pdf
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

United States Constitutional Convention Creator. Constitution of the United States. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, -09-17, 1787] Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021667573/.

APA citation style:

United States Constitutional Convention Creator. (1787) Constitution of the United States. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, -09-17] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021667573/.

MLA citation style:

United States Constitutional Convention Creator. Constitution of the United States. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, -09-17, 1787] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021667573/>.