Emma Stromberger Part 1

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  • I'm George Washington, the president of the Constitutional Convention
  • In the summer of 1787, the Constitutional Convention was held in Philadelphia. There was waste in the streets, mosquitoes in the air and it was very hot. The delegates were sworn to secrecy, which meant no open windows or doors. Conditions were unbearable!
  • "Representation in the legislative branch should be based off of the population of the states, and nothing more!"
  • "There should be equal representation for all the states, no matter the size!"
  • For the Virginia plan, there would be 2 houses. Both of the houses would be based off of the population. Each state would have a certain number of representatives based off their population.
  • The convention was held in Independence Hall. The first thing the delegates did was elect George Washington as president of the convention. The convention was held because the Articles of Confederation needed to be changed.
  • VIRGINA PLAN
  • The New Jersey plan said there would be 1 house where each state would have the same amount of representatives, no matter their population.
  • NEW JERSEY PLAN
  • Important delegates at the convention were George Washington, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin.
  • We love the Virginia plan, and we don't think the New Jersey plan will work for us!
  • we hate this idea of the Virginia plan, we should all have the same number of representatives. The New Jersey plan is best for everyone!
  • While discussing how to solve the problems of the Articles of the Confederation, there was arguing about whether the power of the legislative branch would be based off of the population of each state or if it would be equal among the states, no matter the population.
  • 2 plans were brought up to solve this problem. 1 plan was called the Virginia plan, which divided the legislative branch, (the law making branch) into 2 houses; the house of representatives, and the senate. The other plan, the New Jersey plan, said there would be one house for the legislative branch.
  • And how did the states feel about this??
  • BIG STATES
  • SMALL STATES
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