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For the Commentary section, historians offer explicit interpretations of the past. Commentaries are intended to spark historical discussions and questions; they do not necessarily reflect the views of the North Carolina History Project or its staff. Commentaries are frequently added.
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On September 17, 1787, thirty-nine delegates signed the U.S. Constitution and then submitted it to the various state ratification conventions to approve. What was accomplished on that day was nothing less than remarkable: delegates had agreed on the final draft of the first written national constitution that still remains in effect. Today is Constitution Day, and we as Americans remember the signers’ actions and the document’s importance to ensuring the rule of law, even in our modern world.