"A Constitutional Convention is Called" In 1786, delegates from five states met in Annapolis, Maryland, to discuss ways to promote trade among their states. Making such changes required amending the Articles of Confederation. After Shay's Rebellion, it was clear the government needed changes.
If you vote for Washington, say "I"
"The Convention's Delegates" The 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention, as the Philadelphia meeting became known, were a very impressive group. George Washington, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin were there. It didn't affect Native Americans, African Americans, or women.
The legislature, executive, and judiciary branches.
"The Delegates Assemble" The delegates didn't know what they were going to do that day. They had different ideas on how the Articles of Confederation should be changed. But they all agreed that the government should protect people’s rights.
"The New Jersey Plan"
"The Convention Begins" The first order of business was to elect a president for the convention. Every delegate voted for George Washington. At their next meeting, the delegates decided on the rules for the convention. They decided to keep their discussions private.
"The Virginia Plan" Delegates were working hard on the new national government. Edmund Randolph, first speaker, offered a plan now known as the Virginia Plan. The Virginia Plan proposed a government that would have three branches. The legislature, executive, and the judiciary branches.
"The Great Compromise" William Paterson Presented "The New Jersey Plan" called for a legislature with only one house. Each state would have one vote. The delegates voted on these two plans on June 19. The Virginia Plan won and became the framework for drafting the Constitution. Delegates argued and made "The Great Compromise."