Formation of a New Nation

At the end of the American Revolution, the new nation was still a loose confederation of states. But in 1787, American leaders got together and wrote the Constitution of the United States.
Sept. 17, 1787 - The delegates finally reached agreement on a new Constitution. The document they produced has often been called a work of political genius.
The men who wrote it included George Washington and James Madison of Virginia, Alexander Hamilton of New York, and Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania. The authors of the Constitution, along with early leaders such as Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, won lasting fame as the Founding Fathers of the United States.

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