The Baby with the Bathwater

The delegates who convened in 1787 weren't even planning on drafting a new constitution.

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When delegates convened in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787, it was not with the purpose of creating a new U.S. constitution. The intent was to make some changes to the existing constitution, known as the Articles of Confederation.

When they began discussing the changes, though, they decided it would be best to just scratch the whole thing and start over.

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