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Constitution of the United States of America
(circa 1787)

While meeting to revise the Articles of Confederation, it became evident that an entirely new document would need to be drafted. The various States argued for days about how much power the new government should have, the number of representatives each State should be delegated and how those representatives should be elected. The Constitution is the result of the founding fathers' superior statesmanship and the art of compromise.

The U.S. Constitution remains unmodified from its original form. Instead, the founding fathers decided to add Amendments rather than delete words from the original document. As an example, the law of Prohibition was added as the XVII Amendment and repealed years later as the XXI Amendment. In this way, the original document and each Amendment, once added, will always remain part of the document.

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