On September 17, 1787, the United States Constitution was signed by the members of the Constitutional Convention. These delegates from several of the states had been meeting in Philadelphia. Initially they gathered to discuss ways to improve upon the Articles of Confederation, which was this nation’s first official governmental system.
However, in the course of their discussions, the delegates chose to create an entirely new system of government. As written down, the new Constitution established the government that runs the United States to this day.
Learn more about documents which influenced the creation of the Constitution through this video, courtesy of the National Archives.
To examine the document itself, click on the Constitution digital asset below to launch an interactive version of the document.