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14/05/1787 Delegates convene in Philadelphia to write a new American Constitution

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Constitutional Convention, Philadelphia: May 14, 1787

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The Constitution, the Articles, and Federalism: Crash Course US History #8

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The Constitutional Convention Explained in One Minute

The Constitutional Convention took place in the old Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The delegates elected George Washington of Virginia, former commanding general of the Continental Army in the late American Revolutionary War, to preside over the Convention.
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    • Essentials 

    • Historical context 

    • Operations and procedures 

    • Madison's blueprint 

    • Early debates 

    • Compromising on apportionment 

    • Further debate 

    • First draft 

    • Further modifications and concluding debate 

    • Drafting and signing 

    • Slavery 

    • Framers of the Constitution 

    • In popular culture