We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution, Level 3
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Howard Chandler Christy, Signing of the Constitution, Architect of the Capitol, House wing, east stairway
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Lesson 9 Purpose
The Constitution of the United States of America was written at a convention held in Philadelphia in 1787. This lesson describes some of the important people who attended and the first steps they took in Philadelphia. The structure and rules they gave to their deliberations played a major role in the outcome by providing a framework for civil discourse, that is, the reasoned discussion of issues. The Virginia Plan, the first blueprint that the delegates considered, created the agenda for subsequent discussions.

When you have completed this lesson, you should be able to describe the organizing phase of the Philadelphia Convention. You also should be able to explain the significance of rules and agendas for effective civil discussion. Finally, you should be able to evaluate, take, and defend positions on determining what interests should be represented in a constitutional convention and the advantages and disadvantages of secrecy in governmental deliberations. Audio ]
Lesson 9      How Was the Philadelphia Convention Organized?
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