The Articles of Confederation

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  • Were Almost There!
  • Philadelphia V
  • Dude, its supposed to be secret!
  • The meetings were held in...
  • Blah Blah Blah Virginia Blah Blah Blah...
  • It was the year 1787. Just one year after Shays' Rebellion. All the states agreed that there must be a meeting to improve the Articles of Confederation. All 13 states were invited for the meeting, and exactly 55 delegates showed up. Rhode Island did not.
  • Blah Blah Not Fair Blah Blah Blah!
  • Pf-ff. Whatever.
  • The meetings were held in secret, and lasted a couple years. George Washington was asked to lead the convention. James Madison, or "The Father of the Constitution", was asked to take notes, which he also kept secret to anyone else but the 55 delegates.
  • We could use BOTH of your ideas!
  • Virginia decided that they wanted to make the Articles of Confederation based around the BIG states, like Massachusetts, New York, and of course, Virginia. They would call this the Virginia Plan, and it also had something to do with the government and how we elected presidents.
  • We refuse!
  • But New Jersey did not like that idea, because it was not being fair to the smaller states. In fact, New Jersey had their own plan, which was called the New Jersey plan. It had something to do with having legislature having equal representation and that each state gets one vote, no matter how big it is.
  • Eventually, they had a compromise. They settled on this; A legislature would have 2 parts. One would be a house of representatives, and one would be a senate. The house of representatives would be based on the population of a state, and there would be 2 senates per each state.
  • They then moved on to slavery. They decided that 60% of slaves count as population. Southern states refused to approve the constitution unless slavery continues, and it wasn't until 1808 that slavery was finally banned. After that, it was time to head home, and thus, the new Articles of Confederation was born!
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