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The Constitutional Convention:
An Examination of United States Fundamental Law
Outside Independence Hall when the Constitutional Convention of 1787 ended, Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, "A republic, if you can keep it."

Welcome to the Constitutional Literacy curriculum modules, courtesy of The curriculum is broken into sections, The Declaration of Independence; Articles of Confederation; Constitutional Convention; The Ratification Debate; US Constitution; Bill of Rights; and Amendments to the US Constitution. In addition to these initial modules, there are plans to develop modules on Economic Literacy and Our British Origins.

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Prior to beginning this module, you should keep in mind the differences between a national government and a federal government. The US Constitution is a compromise between these two. For more on the differences, click and watch Federalism vs Nationalism.

What the Framers created during the convention was a Republic, not a Democracy. Many of our citizens and elected officials are clearly ignorant to the differences between the two. The lack of understanding may undermine the survival of this nation as we know it. For more, read: Save our Constitutional Republic.

Some of the reasoning behind the delegates’ decision making can be found in the notes taken by James Madison during the convention. The four state plans which were considered during the convention can also provide insight. Finally, better understanding the background and beliefs of the delegates in attendance can help to determine the original intent of the Framers. For more, How to Read the Convention.

Should you have any questions as you navigate the modules, please feel free to send your questions by clicking here.

Welcome to's Constitutional Literacy Curriculum Initiative: The Constitutional Convention Module

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