Constitution Chaos: The Constitutional Convention

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  • Constitution Chaosby Sofia Thomas, 5th period
  • Pennsylvania State House 
  • First Decisions
  • We need a government that can protect life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
  • New Plans
  • We should only have one house! Every state deserves an equal say, so equal senators for every state.
  • We need 2 houses in Congress! The representatives should be based on population!
  • On May 25, 1787, the first meeting of the Constitutional Convention took place. 55 delegates, from all 13 states, except Massachusetts, arrived.
  • Compromising
  • How about every slave is three fifths of a person? It'll be the Three Fifths Compromise.
  • All of the delegates decided on the rule of secrecy, as well as basic ideas for the new structure of government.
  • Executives and Elections
  • The number of electors per state should be the number of representatives ans senators they have in congress.
  • The Virginia an New Jersey Plan were each purposed, the Virginia Plan attractive to large states and the New Jersey one appealing to the smaller states.
  • Ending the Convention
  • The Great Compromise was to keep a two house congress including the House of Representatives and The Senate. Every state would get send senators but the amount of representatives would change with population. However this led to a debate about slaves.
  • Southern states have huge slave populations. We should count them!
  • But slaves are property, not population!
  • The delegates all didn't want tyranny again, so they came up with a plan to have a president who had to step down after four years, or be reelected. This made the delegates consider how one might be voted into office. The answer was the Electoral College.
  • We should have electors who vote on the President and Vice President.
  • The Constitution was finished on September 17, 1787. In order for it to be approved, 9 states had to send delegates elected by the people to ratify it.
  • The Constitution
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