most people tend to forget about the [[Articles of Confederation]]
[[Image:Constitution.jpg|thumb|300px|The United States Constitution]]
The United States Constitution is the supreme legal text that
forms the [[United States]] government. It was developed at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia during the summer of 1787 and proposed to the states on September 17, 1787.<ref>http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/constpap.htm</ref> It became law when nine out of thirteen states ratified it. It took effect on March 4, 1789. It is the oldest constitution of its type still in effect.