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The Philadelphia Convention was, in fact held behind closed doors. Minutes of the meetings were secreted at Mt. Vernon, and not all delegates arrived at the convention with the understanding that the convention was being held not to alter the Articles of Confederation, but to replace them with a new Constitution. This secrecy was probably neccessary. To open the convention to public debate would have assured that it would have been mired in constant debate with little hope for a workable agreement. The delegates wisely, I think, chose to hammer out a completed document that could be presented to the states in a complete or near complete form. This both minimized the debate, and provided for those skillful at Propaganda ample time to formulate arguements for and against the document. (Federalist Papers) In the end, the public did have a say, in so far as each state had to ratify the document.

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