The Constituional Convention
Listening to the Past
According to David McCullough, listening to the past means to read history because it breaks down the dividers between the discipline of science, medicine, philosophy, art and music, helping us to understand the connection between them all and it is all part of the human story. Listening to the past allows you to learn from your failures and fix your mistakes.
The purpose of the Constitutional Convention that met in Philadelphia beginning on May 25, 1787 was to amend the Articles of Confederation. The reasoning for this was because it had become clear that the Articles of Confederation were not a good enough constitution for the new nation.
55 delegates were chosen from the 13 colonies to represent the people and help amend the Articles of Confederation. The end product of the convention was the Constituion of the United States and all the delegates did not write it, but they had a say in it, representning different colonies and parts of the colonies.
Listening to the past relates to the Constitutional Convention because all the delegates were from different parts of the world, but they all came together using their knowledge of what they learned in the past through things in their culture such as philosphy and art to fix their mistakes in the Artiucles of Confederation by creating the Constitution.
One delegate was a 40 year old Irish immigrant named William Paterson and another was 45 year old James Wilson from Scotland. This shows that a lot of these people were older men, therefore wiser and from all around the world, which shows how when they all came to together with their different backgrounds to fix the mistakes of the Articles of Confederation they came up with the Constituion, a better way of living for the people of the 13 colonies.
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