Scene at the signing of the Constituion

The Constitutional Convention commenced on May 25, 1787. Delegates from 12 of the 13 states gathered at the Assembly Room in Independence Hall, Philadelphia, to draw up the Constitution of the United States. They debated over how all states could be represented fairly. Finally, on September 17th of that year, 39 of the original 55 delegates signed the Constitution, which gave rise to the government of a new nation. This is the story of why the Constitutional Convention took place in the first place, the work that was achieved by those 55 individuals, and its lasting legacy throughout our nation's history.

Essential Question
What challenges did the new American republic face, and how did the US Constitution reflect those challenges?

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