Unit 2 Purpose After declaring their independence from Great Britain, Americans had to
decide how they would govern themselves. The Articles of Confederation, which
were the first attempt to establish a national government, proved inadequate in
the eyes of many leading citizens. Fifty-five men met in Philadelphia in 1787 and
drafted the U.S. Constitution. These men became known as the Framers. The
Constitution was not universally acclaimed, and its adoption and ratification
provoked discussions of the most basic questions about political life and government
In this unit you will learn why the Articles of Confederation were replaced by
the Constitution. You will learn why the Framers created the United States
government as they did. And you will learn how the debates over the adoption of
the Constitution raised issues that are debated to this day.
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Unit 2 How Did the Framers Create the Constitution?