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Image description: Today in history: The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery, was ratified on Dec. 6, 1865.
Image from the National Archives.

Image description: Today in history: The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery, was ratified on Dec. 6, 1865.

Image from the National Archives.

Learn About the Signing of the Constitution

Saturday is the 224th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America.

On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the document. All through the summer, the delegates debated and redrafted the articles of the new Constitution. At issue was how much power to allow the central government, how many representatives each state could have in Congress, and how these representatives should be elected.

Read the Constitution and learn more about its history.