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First printed draft of the Constitution, August 6, 1787, selected pages
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This was George Washington's own working copy and shows his annotations. Here, the preamble lists each of the thirteen states by name; the preamble of the next printed draft of the constitution, first reported on September 12, began "We, the people of the United States, . . ." signaling one of the most fundamental precepts of the Constitution: the primacy of the national government over the states.

National Archives, Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention

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