The Scene at the Signing of the Constitution, oil painting (reproduction) by Howard
Chandler Christy, 1940.
In drafting the Constitution, the delegates consulted the wisdom of the ages, sifting through
the contemporary political tracts of their own day, as well as the histories of ancient
civilizations. They understood power to be corrupting and humans to be subject to their
The debates inside the meeting room were heated and contentious. The delegates examined
every phrase of the constitution through the prism of the conflicting interests they
represented: large states and small states, states with commercially based economies versus
states with slave-based agricultural economies. History, political theory, their own interests,
and devotion to the American experiment, all informed their thinking, as they hammered out a
practical scheme of government.
Courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol, Washington, DC
The two pictures and info above was provided by Exploring Constitutional Law. Link listed below.
Constitution Study Group:
The United States Constitution study group is now forming and will have our first meeting at
a Chesterfield Fire Station. Our initial meeting is to take place on Thursday, July 23, 2009,
from 7 PM to 9:30 PM. This will be a start up meeting. The meetings there after
will be held on the second Thursday of each month starting August 13, 2009 also 7 PM to 9:30 PM.
Station 17 Centralia
9501 Chester Road
Richmond, Va. 23237
Need a Map:
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It will be your responsibility to have available a written copy of the Constitution at these
study groups. If you like you can to down load it onto your laptop or print it out from the
website listed below.
There is limited room so if you are interested Please RSVP Mike Creasey before attending a meeting.
Links To Constitutional Sites:
A copy of the United States Constitution
Another copy of the United States Constitution
History on the Constitutional Convention (audio tapes)
Study Guide of the United States Constitution
Exploring Constitutional Law
National Paralegal College - Constitutional Law & Criminal Procedure