The Constitution

The U.S. Constitution is the second government formed after The Articles of Confederation failed to meet the nation's changing needs. The Constitution was written in 116 days at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the summer of 1787. Its purpose was to replace the Articles of Confederation with a better government to meet the growing nation's needs.

Inside Liberty Hall, Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Compromises in the Creation of the U.S. Constitution 

The United States Constitution was created through a series of compromises among the delegates to the Constitutional Convention ...
Painting of Shays Rebellion

What Are the Articles of Confederation and Why Did it Fail?

While the Declaration of Independence was the first step toward creating a new country, the United States still ...

Articles of Confederation 

To all to whom these Presents shall come, we the undersigned Delegates of the States affixed to our ...

How did the US Constitution Come About and Why Did it Succeed?

After the failed national response to Shays Rebellion, members of the unicameral congress realized that the Articles of ...
Copy of the US Constitution

US Constitution

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure ...

The Bill of Rights and Amendments

1st Amendment Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; ...

The Federalist Papers

Federalist No. 1 General Introduction For the Independent Journal. Author: Alexander Hamilton To the People of the State ...