The Constitution, the framework with which we govern ourselves, has lasted for over 200 years. How did the Founding Fathers do it? In this course we examine the economic and cultural conditions of the country following the American Revolution and the Articles of Confederation and these document’s perceived weaknesses in addressing the country's problems. We will then investigate the issues facing those attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia during the summer of 1787 and how both Philadelphia itself, as well as the founding fathers attention to "team building process issues," contributed to the convention's success. We will discuss the key compromises that derived from the constitutional debates: small vs. large states, north vs. south, slavery, economics, representation issues, and the "worthy against the licentious.” We will then analyze why and how the Constitution was ratified in state conventions. Course concludes with discussion of why the Constitution has endured.