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United States Constitution

 
Articles: Preamble | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
Amendments: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27
Related: Articles of Confederation | Federalist Papers | Constitutional Convention | Bill of Rights | U.S. Government |
Framers: Thomas Jefferson | Alexander Hamilton | John Jay | John Adams | James Madison
 

Introduction

 

The United States Constitution was drafted in 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Delegates from 12 states (all except Rhode Island) met at Independence Hall for the purposes of revising the Articles of Confederation. At the convention, the delegates decided to pen a new constitution, which was completed on September 17, 1787 after a compromise was reached regarding representation of states with large populations and states with small populations. The delegates agreed that the Constitution would become law once it was ratified by nine states. New Hampshire became the 9th state to ratify the Constitution on June 21, 1788. On December 15, 1791, a Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution (its first ten amendments).

Today, the United States Constitution is the oldest written constitution. It currently has a preamble, seven articles (which describe Congress and its functions) and 27 amendments.