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HISTORY TIP OF THE DAY

History Tip of the Day – November 30th

Constitutional Convention ends, September 17, 1787

The Constitutional Convention kept its proceedings completely secret, to prevent outside pressure from being brought upon the delegates. None of its debates were printed or communicated. The doors and windows were closed, and few notes were taken. Citizens waited eagerly to learn what kind of government the convention would propose. Some expected George Washington to emerge as the first king of America. As Benjamin Franklin emerges from Independence Hall, he is asked, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a monarchy or a republic?” Franklin barely hesitates before responding, “A republic, if you can keep it!”