After being signed, printed copies were sent to state legislatures for radification. By June of 1788, the requisite nine states had ratified the Constitution. Our constitution is the oldest and shortest of all written national constitutions. Just four hand-written pages, the Constitution has produced the world's greatest form of government.
Did you know? (from constitutioncenter.org)
- The US Constitution was prepared in secret, behind locked doors that were guarded by sentries.
- The originial Constitution is on display at the National Archives in Washington, DC. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, it was moved to Fort Knox for safekeeping.
- More than 11,000 amendments have been introduced in Congress. Thirty three have gone to the states to be ratified and twenty seven have received the necessary approval from the states to actually become amendments to the Constitution.