A New Constitution for a New America

A New Constitution for a New America

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A New Constitution for a New America

A New Constitution for a New America

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The present Constitution of the United States, the second which the nation has had, was drafted by a convention of representatives, of the States who assembled for that purpose under authority of a resolution adopted in February, 1787, by the Congress of the Confederation. Twelve of the then thirteen States were represented, Rhode Island alone being absent. The draft of the new Constitution was completed in September, and was then transmitted to Congress, which at once submitted it to the legislatures, of the States for approval. By July, 1788, conventions in eleven States had ratified the new instrument, and provision was then made by Congress for putting the Constitution into effect and organizing the government under it. Nominally, the new government came into operation on March 4, 1789, but the work of organization was not actually completed until some weeks later. North Carolina, although represented in the convention, did not ratify the Constitution until November, 1789, and Rhode Island delayed until the end of May, 1790.

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