History of the Constitution

History of the Constitution

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  • Articles of Confederation
  • I don't know about this, but it's the best we can do right now. 
  • Shay's Rebellion
  • I am done with the Articles of Confederation. We need to do something about this. 
  • Yeah!
  • Constitutional Convention
  • Let's meet again so we can sign it. 
  • We need to go with Virginia's plan!
  • This was the Constitution before the Constitution. It was our first government system. 
  • Virginia & New Jersey Plans
  • We can't! New Jersey's plan is so much better!
  • Shay's Rebellion was led by Daniel Shays, a farmer who believed there were injustices in the Articles of Confederation. He rallied just about 4,000 men to fight for him.  Although the rebellion failed, it caused officials to review the Articles of Confederation. 
  • The Great Compromise
  • Hmmm
  • This seems like the better option.
  • The Constitutional Convention took place from May 25th to September 17, 1787. Fifty-five delegates attended the Constitutional Convention. The sole purpose of the Convention was to make a new Constitution to replace the Articles of Confederation. 
  • Ratified the Constitution
  • Now if you'll just sign here. Congrats! We have now created a key part in our history!
  • Virginia offered a legislative branch with 2 houses. The number of representatives from each state would vary depending on the size of the state. The bigger states would have more representatives and the smaller would have less representatives. New Jersey's plan was that of a single legislative branch, where each state would get one vote regardless of their size. 
  • No, Virginia!
  • New Jersey!!
  • It called for proportional representation in the House and one representative for each state in the Senate. But the one representative was changed to two later on. 
  • Oh, my. 
  • Though there were fifty-five delegates that were present at the Convention, only thirty-nine signed the Constitution. 
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