1787 The United States Constitution

Title

1787 The United States Constitution

Description

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.

Creator

US House History, Art, and Archives

Date

1787

Source

https://historycms2.house.gov/assets/15032423161.asset

Relation

Rights

Signing of the US Constitution.

CONSTITUTION OF THE USA

US House

Publisher

US House History, Art, and Archives

Contributor

US House History, Art, and Archives

Format

Medium: Painting

Language

English

Type

Event

Identifier

Federal Convention, United States Constitution, 1787, State House, Constitution, Statesmanship, Philadelphia

Coverage

United States

Files

usconstitutionsinging.png

Reference

US House History, Art, and Archives, 1787 The United States Constitution, US House History, Art, and Archives, 1787

Cite As

US House History, Art, and Archives, “1787 The United States Constitution,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed August 20, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/376.