Constitutional Convention

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  • USA, early 1787
  • After the United States got rid of the Articles of Confederation, there was lots of debate on how states should be represented in congress.
  • I think that representation in Congress should be based on population. The more people, the more voices, and those voices must be heard!
  • Virginia Population: 750,000
  • I think that all states should be represented equally in Congress. If representation is based on population, highly populated states (like Virginia) would dominate less populated states like us.
  • New Hampshire Population: 150,000
  • The resolution from the Constitutional Convention
  • There will be a compromise! Congress will be split into 2 houses! The House of Representatives and the Senate!
  • The House of Representatives will have representatives from different states based on population. In the Senate, representation is equal.
  • Highly populated states got what they wanted- a house with representation based on population. Less populated states also got what they wanted- equal representation.
  • Before the Constitution was to be ratified, it had to be agreed upon. There were sides two the argument. Federalists, and Anti- Federalists.
  • I support the Constitution! I believe what this country needs is a strong central government! The Articles are too weak!
  • Federalists supported the ratification of the Constitution.
  • I do not support the Constitution! The government will be too strong, just like Great Britain's! It would be better if there was a bill of rights with it.
  • Anti- Federalists were against the ratification of the Constitution.
  • In the end, to please everyone, the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution, and the Constitution was ratified.
  • The Constitution is still in effect today, and is the oldest national constitution still being used.
  • September 19th, 1787 * Went into effect June 21st, 1788, when Rhode Island ratified it.
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