September will bring us the 226th anniversary of the creation of the Constitution of the United States of America.
In June 1776, while its delegates debated whether to declare independence, the Second Continental Congress decided to draw up Articles of Confederation between the Colonies.
The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union had been ratified and were in force by March 1, 1781.
In mid September 1787 the United States was a nation on the brink. It had won the Revolutionary War, but it was losing the peace. The national treasury was virtually empty and the economy was faltering, while inflation soared and national and state debts were unpaid.
Four months earlier, in May 1787, fifty-five delegates from twelve states had assembled in Philadelphia with orders to un-snake the mess by revising the Articles of Confederation with George Washington acting as President of the convention.
Instead of amending the Articles, they created a new an entirely new government that they were not authorized to do. Thus was born the Constitution of the United States of America on September 17, 1787.
The first fifteen words of the Preamble to the Constitution tell us where the delegates got their authority and why they wrote the new articles.
This Constitution Minute was provided by the James Stewart Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Franklin, Georgia.