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Its been almost 215 years since the Constitution of the United States was written Most of the language is obsolete and parts of it are no longer in use Twenty-seven amendments have been made to the Constitution Thats a lot of changes to a 10-page paper Why then is this old document still in place Is our government too lazy to write a new one Do they not have enough time Are other things more important Or does the government realize that since the Constitution was such a good plan to begin with there isnt anything to redo The Constitutional Convention was scheduled to begin on May 14th 1787 but since travel those days was so slow it didnt start until on May 25th when the first delegates arrived from 7 states That was as many delegates as the convention needed to start By the time the convention was over however 55 delegates from the different states showed up to express their opinions Only delegates from Rhode Island didnt show up Each delegate was well-educated and wellfairly wealthy you might say Most had taken part in the Revolution and two-thirds had been part of the Continental Congress The average age of each representative was 42 although some were as young as 26 Jonathan Dayton and as old as 81 Benjamin Franklin Even though Ben was so old he was the one who proposed the 3 main compromises at the convention about which youll hear later However many important leaders were missing Thomas Jefferson John Adams and Patrick Henry were among those people who were not present at the signing of the Constitution Would they have made a very big impact if they had been there Im not sure Theres not much to improve on the Constitution in my opinion James Madison was a leader at the Constitutional Convention as was George Washington George didnt really do much in the way of the debates instead
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