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In May 1787, fifty-five delegates from every colony, except Rhode Island, met at the State House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to revise the Articles of Confederation. The Articles had served the United States through the Revolutionary War and established a procedure for adding new states to the union through the Land Ordinance of 1785. The delegates soon came to realize that they would have to scrap the Articles and create a new constitution. The resulting Constitutional Convention would lead to the establishment of the world's oldest "living" constitution. The ideas included in the Constitution would inspire countless governments around the world. In this unit we also will examine the framers of this new constitution, and we will learn that they were willing to study the many governments of the past to create a republic like no other in human history.