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George Washington and the Making of the Constitution

This page provides resources on the making of the Constitution. It largely relies on A More Perfect Union, a 21 minute film that covers the Articles of Confederation, the Constitutional Convention, and the ratification process. Use these resources to view the film, learn more about the journey towards our modern-day government, and find incredible source materials! 

Watch the Full Film

Click to watch the full film of A More Perfect Union: George Washington and the Making of the Constitution.

Constitution Quizzes

Watch the video A More Perfect Union, then test your knowledge of the Constitution.

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Interactive Map

Use this link to access an interactive map showing the Constitution ratification process.

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Constitutional Convention Statistics

President of the Convention: George Washington
Number of delegates who attended the convention: 55
Number of delegates who signed the Constitution: 39
End: September 17, 1789

Presiding Over the Convention: The Indispensable Man

Rising above conflicts between individual states, Washington created an atmosphere that allowed convention members to reach the compromises necessary to create a bold, new government.

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Key Issues at the Convention

The new nation was hanging on by a thread with a weak Articles of Confederation and growing conflicts between the states.  Without resolution on these issues, the new nation would certainly be in peril.

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Primary Source: The Constitution

The Constitution was created through the Constitutional Convention, which met in May of 1787. Thirteen states voted to ratify by 1790, and the Constitution was enacted as law.

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Primary Source: The Bill of Rights

Many delegates refused to ratify the new Constitution unless there was a document outlining certain undeniable rights. Explore the primary source document of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution - also known as the Bill of Rights 

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Primary Source: Acts of Congress

George Washington's original copy of the Acts passed at a Congress of the United States of America (New York, 1789) contains the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and a record of acts passed by the first Congress. In the margins of four separate pages, Washington wrote the words "President," "Powers," and "Required," highlighting the responsibilities of his new role.

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Educational Videos

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Watch A More Perfect Union

Learn how George Washington successfully led the creation of a new form of government!

This project was funded through a grant approved by the Americana Corner Preserving America Grant Program

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