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Resolutions of the Constitutional Convention

Resolutions of the Constitutional Convention

The "fifth page" of the Constitution, a new display at the National Archives

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On September 17, 1787, a majority of delegates to the Philadelphia Convention approved the Constitution of the United States. But what many people don’t know is that they also made resolutions explaining how the Constitution would be adopted and how the new government would work. This rarely seen document, sometimes referred to as the “fifth page” of the Constitution, will be on display September 14-17, 2012, in the National Archives East Rotunda Gallery in Washington D.C.

Take a few hours to explore this consequential chapter of our nation’s story and, as long as you’re there, be sure to see the original Charters of Freedom—including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Find out more about the National Archives.