Today was Constitutional Day. Our U. S. Constitution was signed on this date, September 17, 1787.
The link lists 10 interesting facts about the Constitution. In recent years, I read one book on the Constitutional Convention in Philadephia in the summer of 1787 and another on the long difficult political battle for ratification.
There were three members of the Constitutional Convention who refused to sign and some were absent. Several of the members were absent for long periods during the summer. The delegates were men with considerable business and government responsibilities and at times needed to ride horseback several days home and back.
The Constitutional Convention was closed to the press and public. James Madison took some notes and members wrote many letters to people which have survived. From these sources we know a lot about what took place.
The reasons for forming the Constitutional convention were rather mundane, the complex and differing rules among the states for conducting business. Leaders like Washington wanted to make it easier to move products between jurisdictions.
A recent book, The Summer of 1787, concluded the really big issue discussed over that long hot summer was not lofty ideals. It was slavery. Slavery had to be continued to keep the South in the deal.
According to the records, religion was only brought up once during the entire summer. A motion to open each session with a prayer was voted down.
That should have decided the issue of prayers at government meetings, but it didn’t.