On this day September 17, 1787

The United States Constitution is signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and adopted by the Constitutional Convention, and later ratified by conventions in each state in the name of “The People”.

The first ten amendments being known as the Bill of Rights. The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union was actually the first constitution of the United States of America. The U.S. Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation as the governing document for the United States, and transformed the constitutional basis of government from confederation to federation, also making it the world’s oldest federal constitution.

The Constitution has a central place in United States law and political culture. The handwritten, or “engrossed”, original document is on display at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C.

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