This customized U.S. Constitution contains the exact same words as the original four-parchment document without any variation at all—same spelling (and occasional misspellings), punctuation, capitalization, etc. It's just been carefully reformatted into a modern font (versus old-style cursive) to make it easier to read. It has the same 39 signers on the last page in the same two-column arrangement as the original—they're just italicized names instead of signatures to easily identify who signed it.
The layout has been stylized to reflect the look of the original, with all its more calligraphic elements retained such as in the preamble and closing endorsement where more ornate lettering was used. Even the last line of each page has been deliberately formatted to correspond to the last line on the original parchment pages.
This four-frame item is designed to hang on the wall and comes with –
- parchment paper
- wood frames (9 ¼" x 14 ¾" each)
- glass panes
The Americans won the Revolutionary War, and a promising nation was born. But George Washington soon observed the states seemed bound together by a "rope of sand," and others like Alexander Hamilton agreed. For the battle not to have been in vain, for the new republic's "great experiment" in free self-governance to last, a stronger frame of government was needed. To that end, a group of men gathered for a "Constitutional Convention" in 1787 presided over by Washington and comprised arguably of some of the wisest, most intelligent, educated and experienced statesmen ever assembled. Though imperfect, they shared a common vision and resolve to "form a more perfect union" and understood clearly the magnitude of what needed to be done. James Madison drafted the general framework, and through a series of animated debates, revisions and compromises, a workable document emerged, some say miraculously, in just four months that is our present-day Constitution.