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The states decided to send representatives at the request of Virginia, acting on James Madison's urging, to meet and amend the Articles of Confederation. There had been rebellions in the countryside (Shay's Rebellion most prominently) and some states (Rhode Island for example) had their state legislatures flooded with farmers who passed debtor relief laws. The 1780s are known as the Time of Troubles, because the Articles of Confederation were too weak to work against the power of a spiteful British Empire. The states did not send representatives to draft a new Constitution, but rather to amend the current Articles of Confederation. The delegates that were sent decided to make a whole new document without the permission of their states.

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Q: Why did the states decide to send representatives to a constitutional convention in 1787?
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