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The History Behind the Constitutional Convention

The History Behind the Constitutional Convention

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The History Behind the Constitutional Convention

Historical Significance
of U.S. Constitutional Convention
 

The Constitutional Convention was held in
Philadelphia in 1787, from May 25 of that year to September 17, and had the
ultimate effect of leading to the drafting of the U.S. Constitution, the
foundational document for the nation’s current governmental and legal
infrastructure. As such, the U.S. Constitutional Convention is universally
considered one of the landmark points in the history of the United States.

The 55
people who took part in the U.S. Constitutional Convention are accordingly
considered “Founding Fathers” of the country, in the terms of the category
maintained for men who played a crucial role in the early formation of the
United States.
 

Background for the U.S. Constitutional Convention

The Constitutional Convention was called into
being due to concern on the part of several of the Founding Fathers, including
Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, that the then-applicable documents
providing for the structure of the U.S. government, as consisting of the
Articles of Confederation, were not sufficiently cohesive. The Constitutional
Convention, under the direction of George Washington, drafted a document, following
a period of concerted debate, for the provision or withholding of ratification
on the part of the U.S. state legislatures. After ratification had been
approved by the states, the Constitution as drawn up by the Constitutional
Convention went into effect on March 4, 1789 in the form of bringing the U.S.
government into existence.
 

Connecticut Compromise

The debate involved in the U.S. Constitutional
Convention was settled by the Connecticut Compromise, between the New Jersey
and Virginia Plans.
 

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