Perhaps more important than those thrilling three words which precede it, “We the People”, are the four which follow, “of the United States.” This Constitution is forming a nation. Compare this with “the perpetual union between the states,” which the Articles of Confederation notes. A group of influential men gathered in Philadelphia on May 25, 1787 to open proceedings of the Constitutional Convention, nominating and unanimously agreeing that George Washington would be the convention’s president. Between then and September 15, when the Constitution was put to a final, unanimous roll call of states, and September 17, when the convention came to a close, the founders of the nation put forward, debated, accepted, and rejected many proposals, reaching the compromise that has become our Constitution. On Sept.