The Constitution of the United States
In the summer of 1787, political leaders from all over America met in Philadelphia to write a new constitution for the United States. This meeting is now called the Constitutional Convention. This painting of the convention was made by a New Hampshire artist in the 1930s as practice for a large mural. The finished mural now hangs in the National Archives building in Washington, D.C. George Washington is standing in the middle wearing a white cape.
Image Credit: New Hampshire Historical Society
This unit is about the ideas on which American government
was founded and the ways that Americans worked together to create constitutions
, which are the foundations of government. For more about how local, state, and national governments work in our own time, visit Unit 18: Civics and Government Today
As you learn more about America’s first governments and the constitutions that created them, think about the following questions:
- What is a constitution?
- What are the foundational principles of our government?
- Why is compromise necessary for effective government?
- What are the protected rights of the people?