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September 17 1787-September 17, 2013

September 17 is the 226th anniversary of when the Constitution was adopted by the Constitutional Convention, made up of distinguished leaders such as Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and James Madison. It became the supreme law of the land when New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratified it on June 21, 1788. Virginia ratified it a few days later, on June 25. New York became the 11th state on July 26, 1788, and North Carolina followed on 12 November 21, 1789 and Rhode Island was the last of the original 13 states to ratifty the Constitution on 13 May 29, 1790.


United States Constitution


The Federalist Papers

James Madison
Alexander Hamilton
John Jay

Once the Constitution was drafted, there needed to be a way to convince the states to ratify it. That is what the Federalist papers is all about. The three men above were the principal authors of the Federalist Papers. Seventy-seven were published serially in The Independent Journal and The New York Packet between October of 1787 and August 1788. The Federalist Papers first appeared in three New York newspapers: the Independent Journal, the New-York Packet, and the Daily Advertiser, beginning on October 27, 1787.

Title page of the first printing of the Federalist Papers (1788) in book form. Source: The Federalist

First Page of the United States Constitution

This is page one of the original copy of the Constitution, created on September 17, 1787 .

Views of the Constitution

  • The Constitution--A Heavenly Banner
      This address was given by Ezra Taft Benson who was was President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when this devotional address was given at Brigham Young University on 16 September 1986.
  • The Divinely Inspired Constitution
      This is an article written in 1992 by Dallin H. Oaks, an apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
  • Inspired Constitution
      This is a website devoted to helping people understand that the principles of freedom and liberty vouchsafed by the United States Constitution were inspired by God, and are for the benefit of all mankind.
  • Laurance H. Tribe--The Invisible Constitution
  • An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution
      An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States is a 1913 book by American historian Charles A. Beard. It argues that the structure of the Constitution of the United States was motivated primarily by the personal financial interests of the Founding Fathers. More specifically, Beard contends that the Constitutional Convention was attended by, and the Constitution was therefore written by, a "cohesive" elite seeking to protect its personal property (especially bonds) and economic standing. Beard examined the occupations and property holdings of the members of the convention from tax and census records, contemporaneous news accounts, and biographical sources, demonstrating the degree to which each stood to benefit from various Constitutional provisions. Beard pointed out, for example, that George Washington was the wealthiest landowner in the country, and had provided significant funding towards the Revolution. Beard traces the Constitutional guarantee that the newly formed nation would pay its debts to the desire of Washington and similarly situated lenders to have their costs refunded.
  • Libertarians and the Constitution


An advertisement for The Federalist Source: The Fedralist

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