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  • Mrs. Perkowski
  • Fritz, Jean, and Tomie DePaola. "Chapter 1." Shh! We're Writing the Constitution. New York: Putnam, 1987. N. pag. Print.
  • After the Revolution, the colonists didn't want to become a nation.
  • Welcome to New Jersey!
  • We LOVE living in this state!
  • But without a strong central government there were problems. Congress couldn't make the states do anything they didn't want to do.
  • I'm so mad, I tried to buy some hay, but all I have is worthless New York money!
  • I know, that girl over there wouldn't sell me a sheep!
  • Get my horse! I'm going to Philly!
  • "To everyone, the states were all important" (Fritz, 7)
  • We need to keep our business here quiet.
  • We really should find Ben Franklin... He's probably blabbing all over town.
  • "People were in debt...in the midst of this disorder some people could see that America would fall aprt if it didn't have a sound central government...." (Fritz, 9)
  • "In all, there would be fifty five delegates, although coming and going as they did, there were seldom more than thirty there at the same time." (Fritz, 12)
  • It was obvious that change was needed, so the Continental Congress called the delegates to Philadelpia to come up with a solution. Some of the delegates of couldn't wait to get to work, while others didn't want to come. It took many months to get them all together in the state house.
  • "They knew there would be many arguments in this room, but they agreed that they didn't want the whole country listening in and taking sides." (Fritz, 13)
  • The delegates appointed George Washington president of the convention and James Madison agreed to take notes. They had a lot of work ahead of them and they didn't want the rest of the world to know what they were doing.
  • The delegates were not sure "what they were going to do, but they had no trouble saying what they were not going to do. ...they were not inviting...anyone else to be King of America" (Fritz, 13)
  • In the end, the delegates found a way to work together to create the United States of America, the greatest democracy of it's time!
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