Today in History: First Draft of Constitution Debated

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First Draft of Constitution Debated

In Philadelphia, delegates to the Constitutional Convention began debating the first complete draft of the proposed Constitution of the United States.

The Articles of Confederation, ratified several months before the British surrender at Yorktown in 1781, provided for a loose confederation of U.S. states, which were sovereign in most of their affairs.

On paper, Congress–the central authority–had the power to govern foreign affairs, conduct war, and regulate currency, but in practice these powers were sharply limited, because Congress was given no authority to enforce its requests to the states for money or troops.

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