• Introduction
  • Convention
  • Delegates
  • Resources
  • Paintings
  • Interactive Map

Introduction to the Convention

The year was 1787. The place: the State House in Philadelphia. This is the story of the framing of the federal Constitution.

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The Convention

To clarify the events of the Constitutional Convention, Gordon Lloyd has organized the convention into four parts—a four part drama.

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The Delegates

For four months, 55 delegates from the several states met to frame a Constitution for a federal republic that would last into “remote futurity.”

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Resources on the Convention

View Gordon Lloyd’s Convention attendance record, major themes of the convention, and other resources about the creation of the Constitution.

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Christy's Signing of the Constitution

See how different artists have portrayed the significance of the Constitutional Convention in art.

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Interactive Map of Historic Philadelphia

Learn about historic Philadelphia and where the founders stayed, ate, and met.

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Contents

Introduction

The year was 1787. The place: the State House in Philadelphia. This is the story of the framing of the federal Constitution.

The Convention

Read the four-act drama and day-by-day summary by Gordon Lloyd, as well as Madison’s Notes on the Convention.

Interactive Map of Historic Philadelphia in the Late 18th Century

Learn about historic Philadelphia and where the founders stayed, ate, and met.

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