September 17, 2020
The delegates of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the Constitution on September 17, 1787, replacing the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union that had been governing the young nation since 1777. Beginning with “We the People of the United States,” the Constitution outlines the inalienable rights guaranteed to all its citizens and that ultimately we are a nation governed by ourselves.
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