Records from the Constitutional Convention of 1787

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Concerns about interstate commerce trigger one of the nation's most important law-making sessions, resulting in the US Constitution.

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Convened in Philadelphia in May 1787, the Constitutional Convention created one of the most important documents of the new nation—the United States Constitution. Under this title you will also find Bankson’s Journal which includes the important delegate credentials from “Ratifications of the Constitution,” and drafts of the Virginia Plan, which ultimately led to a bicameral Congress consisting of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

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Publication number M866, Records of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, is from NARA Record Group Number 360, Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention. A nine-page descriptive pamphlet about this publication, provided by NARA, can be viewed or downloaded here.


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28 Dec 2010