A Hot Summer in 1787
Did you know that when the Constitutional Convention was first called for, it was only supposed to make suggestions on how to change the existing government (Articles of Confederation)? Being the insanely smart people that they were, the delegates to the convention ignored the rules and created an entirely new constitution. In this section of our site you can find out all kinds of stuff about the 1787 Convention, including...
Delegate Dossiers -- Just who were the 55 men who wrote the Constitution? Learn where they were from, and some interesting tidbits about them.
Virginia & New Jersey Plans -- These two 'plans' were used as the basis of the Constitution. Find out all about them both.
Smoothing Out the Bumps -- Drafting a Constitution is like eating mashed potatoes; you have to take the lumps with the good. Fortunately, the creators spent some time working out the kinks.
Federalists and Anti-Federalists -- When it was finished, not all of the delegates were happy with the new constitution. Out of this conflict emerged the Federalists and Anti-Federalists.
Copyright © 1997 Jonathan Chin & Alan Stern