Happy 225th Birthday!


Today marks the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the United States Constitution.

The Constitutional Convention gathered in 1787 to create the laws and vision by which our new country, an experiment in liberty and self-determination, was to be governed. In order to become the governing law of the land, nine out of the thirteen states needed to ratify the governing document.

The making of the Constitution was a long, arduous debate process. Some states restrained their support at first in fear that fundamental rights- like freedom of speech and religion- were not safeguarded. Once the plan for the Bill of Rights was drawn to protect these rights, they consented.

After fierce debate, on June 21, 1788, nine states ratified our Constitution.

Whatever may be the judgement pronounced on the competency of the architects of the Constitution, or whatever may be the destiny of the edifice prepared by them, I feel it a duty to express my profound and solemn conviction . . . that there never was an assembly of men, charged with a great and arduous trust, who were more pure in their motives, or more exclusively or anxiously devoted to the object committed to them. James Madison

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