Today in History: May 25, 1787

Proposed Constitution Debated

Delegates from 12 states assemble in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall to debate the proposed Constitution and consider how the new nation should allocate power, establish the government, and protect individual rights. At the convention proceedings, which were held in secret, every clause of the Constitution will be discussed and modified by the delegates. The final draft will be signed by 39 of the 55 delegates on Sept. 17, 1787.