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Constitution Day: September 17

Prepared by UP Library to commemorate Constitution Day
Painting: Scene at the Signing of the Constitution
Articles of Confederation cover page and page one
ERA demonstrators (AP photo, via Opposing Viewpoints)
The Looking Glass 1887 political cartoon: a house divided
map showing concentrations of federalists, anti-federalists, and mixed support
Clipped section from a Connecticut newspaper about the state's ratification of the Constitution
Title page of collected Federalist Papers

Context for the Constitutional Convention

"The Constitutional Convention convened in response to dissatisfaction with the Articles of Confederation and the need for a strong centralized government. After four months of secret debate and many compromises, the proposed Constitution was submitted to the states for approval. Although the vote was close in some states, the Constitution was eventually ratified and the new Federal government came into existence in 1789. The Constitution established the U.S. government as it exists today."

-- United States Constitution: Primary Documents In American History - Library of Congress

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