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  • On July 4th 1776, The Declaration of Independence was signed by Thomas Jefferson and a select committee. It announced that the 13 colonies would now be regarded as 13 independent sovereign states meaning they would be ruled by a central government that was controlled by the people. This was the beginning to a new America.
  • On March 1, 1781 the Articles of Confederation was signed by each of the founding 13 states that would establish the United States of America as a confederation of sovereign states.
  • However the Articles of Confederation had its flaws and they soon proved evident. The Constitutional Convention began in May of 1787. It was called together to address the problems in governing the United States of America that had been previously instilled by the Articles of Confederation. The Virginia plan was first introduced at the constitutional convention. It was proposed by the Virginian delegates. There were 55 delegates that attended the Constitutional Convention, but only 39 sign it. Each state is given at least 2 delegates depending on its population.
  • The Virginia Plan was drafted by James Madison at the Constitutional Convention in order to create a bicameral legislative branch. In response to the Virginia Plan, the New Jersey Plan was drafted. It was a proposal for the structure of the United States Government.
  • The Three Fifths Clause was also created at the Constitutional Convention. This was a compromise reached between the Southern and Northern states. It determined that slaves would be counted as 3/5 of a person. Another compromise that took place at the constitutional convention was the Connecticut Compromise. This was an agreement that large and small states reached that in part defined the legislative structure and representation that each state would have under the United States Constitution.
  • The Separation of Powers was strengthened during the Constitutional Convention because of all the compromises. It is an act of vesting the legislative, executive, and judicial powers of government in separate bodes. Legislative has the power to make laws. Executive has sole responsibility for daily administration of the state. Judicial is to appropriate to court or judge.
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