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If you could ask our Founding Fathers one question, what would you ask them?

by on February 8, 2013


The Scene at the Signing of the Constitution, oil painting (reproduction) by Howard Chandler Christy, 1940. Courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol.

The 55 delegates who attended the Constitutional Convention, including General George Washington, were a distinguished body of men who represented a cross section of 18th-century American leadership. Almost all of them were well-educated men of means who were dominant in their communities and states, and many were also prominent in national affairs. Virtually every one had taken part in the Revolution; at least 29 had served in the Continental forces, most of them in positions of command.

The Federal Convention convened in the State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia on May 14, 1787, to revise the Articles of Confederation. ¬†Through discussion and debate it became clear by mid-June that, rather than amend the existing Articles, the Convention would draft an entirely new frame of government. All through the summer, in closed sessions, the delegates debated, and redrafted the articles of the new Constitution. Among the chief points at issue were how much power to allow the central government, how many representatives in Congress to allow each state, and how these representatives should be elected–directly by the people or by the state legislators. The work of many minds, the Constitution stands as a model of cooperative statesmanship and the art of compromise.

If you could ask our Founding Fathers one question, what would you ask them? 


Comments

mb February 18, 2013 at 3:26 pm

What was the secret of drafting such a sustainable Constitution? There were different characters, people with different professions, and still the document is united in form and concept.

What a wonderful piece of human thinking!

Bill Summers February 28, 2013 at 11:04 pm

Gentlemen,
Would you please discuss your thoughts relative to the importance of the citizens believing in God and leading God centered lives for the success of our republic.

John Heubusch March 1, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Do you agree that NARA should be exempt from the sequester?

Yim Thoj March 5, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Dear Founding Fathers,

I would like to ask you all, do you agree with what we are doing today in this nation? Is it the right choice or is it the wrong choice of what we are doing?

Nielsn05 March 6, 2013 at 5:04 pm

How much consideration did you give to Biblical principals when drafting the Declaration of Independence and Constitution?

Leesa Danzek March 15, 2013 at 7:14 pm

What would you do differently? Particularly what would you do differently in order to change other aspects of the course of American history?

Michael Fredieu July 5, 2013 at 9:27 am

Has your vision for a national government over steps it’s bounds as it relates to state’s rights?

Todd September 11, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Can you believe that prayer to the Judeo/Christian God had been outlawed in our schools? Did you intend for this to be?

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heylady May 28, 2014 at 1:51 pm

what about the slaves?

Ellie November 5, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Do you agree that women should have equal rights with men?

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