In 1787, after struggling several years under the Articles of Confederation, delegates from the states gathered to revise them. Ultimately, however, they found that impossible.  Instead of revision, they decided on a bolder course: replacement. In advocating this course, George Washington said:


“It is too probable that no plan we propose will be adopted…

“If, to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work?

“Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair.

The event is in the hand of God.”

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