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(The New American) This week at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 featured speeches by a number of delegates that reveal the understanding of most of the men gathered together that summer in Philadelphia. These discourses, although never taught today — and this article will make it clear why — are worthy of study by Americans today so that we may comprehend the correct and intended relationship between the states and the federal government, and so that we may become familiar with the nature of the union of states, as it was designed by the drafters of the Constitution.
Before sharing the text of some of these addresses, it is critical that readers remember the congressional resolution that authorized the convention in Philadelphia and set the limits of the power of the delegates who would attend that august gathering.
On February 21, 1787, Congress passed the following…