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About the Constitution

The original intent of the Federal Convention, which began in May 1787, was to revise and improve the Articles of Confederation. However, "through discussion and debate it became clear by mid-June that, rather than amend the existing Articles, the Convention would draft an entirely new frame of government."  The debate centered upon the structure of the new government, how many representatives should were to represent the states in congress, and how they were to be elected.1

1Based on text at the National Archives Charters of Freedom page.

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