Constitutional Convention gets underway

At the urging of Edmund Randolph and James Madison, a meeting was called to revise the Articles of Confederation into a workable plan of government that would bind the country together. The earlier Annapolis Convention had previously been called with the “sole and express purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation”, intending to “render the federal constitution adequate to the exigencies of government and the preservation of the Union.

On May 25, 1787, the Constitutional Convention was called to order, composed of 55 delegates from 12 of the 13 colonies…