Constitution of 3rd May, 1791.

When:
May 3, 2018 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm
2018-05-03T00:00:00-07:00
2018-05-03T23:45:00-07:00
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Konstytucja_3_Maja

The Constitution of 3 May 1791 (Polish: Konstytucja 3 Maja, was adopted by the Great Sejm (parliament) of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, a dual monarchy comprising the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Drafted over 32 months beginning on 6 October 1788, and formally adopted as the Government Act (Ustawa rządowa), the legislation was designed to redress the Commonwealth’s political defects. The system of Golden Freedoms, also known as the “Nobles’ Democracy,” had conferred disproportionate rights on the nobility (szlachta) and over time had corrupted politics. The adoption of the Constitution was preceded by a period of agitation for—and gradual introduction of—reforms beginning with the Convocation Sejm of 1764 and the election of Stanisław August Poniatowski as the Commonwealth’s last king.