Summary for The Northwest Ordinance of 1787

The United States Constitution was created from and based on two historic documents, The Magna Carta and the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. This ordinance has had very few changes throughout the last 235 years and those changes were made to the Constitution in the form of amendments as they related to slavery. This document is 5 pages long.

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