The Constitutional Convention


Background

When the American Revolution ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783, Americans were already dealing with the worst after-effects of the war. Each state had a strong constitution and, under the Articles of Confederation, a great deal of authority in governing their own affairs. This made the national government rather weak.

Considering the extent of the economic and political problems that existed, this did not work. After a few long years, the nation's leaders realized that change needed to occur. States sent delegates to Philadelphia to revise the Articles .

They called the convention the Philadelphia Convention. As soon as most of the delegates had arrived, they began discussion on how to revise the Articles, but it became clear that there was no way to amend them - a new constitution was needed. Behind closed windows and locked doors, the delegates debated through the summer of 1787 how to make a government strong enough to heal the nation's wounds.

Topics

Below is a list of topics that were addressed at the convention. Click to visit the page for that topic.

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Notes on the Assignment
The pages linked above were created as product of the completion of a short unit on the Constitutional Convention. It was created by 8th grade class of 2013 in November of 2008. A secondary function of the creation of these pages is to serve as a stepping-stone to future wiki-based assignments and allow students to get their feet wet. One obstacle of using wikis is learning to use it: editing wikitext, adding content such as links, images and other media. This assignment gave students the opportunity to learn how to manipulate a page for content and visual design.

There are, however, instances that display and showcase the novice user. As the pages are student-created and are intended to be a work in progress, please excuse errors. Also, please refrain from contacting student users regarding any content on the pages. If there are any comments, questions, or concerns please email me or send me a wikspaces message.