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One of the most influential events from the 1400s to 1865 is the Constitutional Convention of 1787. The nation was still in its infancy, and clearly the original constitution, The Articles of Confederation, were not successfully working; they had created a weak government, one that could not collect taxes, regulate trade, or enforce its laws. When the framers, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and James Madison, met again on May 25, 1787 in Pennsylvania to discuss the problematic nature of the Articles, one of the most important questions was whether or not to try and fix the Articles or write an entirely new constitution. The framers decided that a completely new document was needed, one that could forge a stronger national government. This moment in American history changed the format of our nation, molding it into the stronger national government we now have today with the creation of the Constitution of the United States.
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