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  • Ok! We're ready to make a plan to make America a stronger government!
  • Let's make great changes!
  • Give me some ideas men!
  • We have to protect the people!
  • A Constitutional Convention Is Called In 1786, a series of events began that would lead to America having a stronger, firmer government.  Doing this required delegates from all the states to come in and help make the decisions on how to make America's government stronger.
  • Randolph, you are my first speaker.  What's your plan?
  • My plan consists of three branches of government such as legislative, executive, and judicial. My plan also requires a legislature with two houses.
  • The Convention's Delegates To discuss the making of a new plan for America, the delegates met for a meeting in Philadelphia.  The meeting was called the Constitutional Convention, and from it, was a framework for government that would provide full rights and responsibilities to all Americans.
  • And the winner is... THE VIRGINIA PLAN!!!
  • The Delegates Assemble Many delegates entered without knowing what sort of plan they were making, but they all knew that they should make a plan protecting people's rights.  They also had to make it strong enough to make people feel safe.
  • The Virginia Plan George Washington recognized Edmund Randolph as the first speaker and he suggested a plan for a whole new government.  He decided that we should have three branches of government legislature, judicial, executive and also proposed a legislature with two houses.
  • The Great Compromise Delegate William Paterson presented another plan called the New Jersey Plan that called for a legislature with one house and was similar to the Articles of Confederation.  The delegates then voted on both plans and the Virginia Plan won and became the framework for the Constitution.
  • Slavery and the Constitution The delegates then had to decide who would be included in the population.  That then reached the three-fifths compromise which was when three-fifths of the slave population would be counted when setting direct taxes on the states. This ratio would also be used to determine representation in the legislature.
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