Happy Constitution Day!

On September 17, 1787, the United States Constitution was signed by the members of the Constitutional Convention. These delegates from several of the states had been meeting in Philadelphia. Initially they gathered to discuss ways to improve upon the Articles of Confederation, which was this nation’s first official governmental system.

However, in the course of their discussions, the delegates chose to create an entirely new system of government. As written down, the new Constitution established the government that runs the United States to this day.

The National Archives website offers a great deal of interesting information about the Constitution.

To examine the document itself, click on the Constitution digital asset below to launch an interactive version of the document. The main page summarizes all of those links for you here: