Constitutional Compromises

Constitutional Compromises

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  • While writing the Constitution, eventually they ran into problems creating the document since the representatives had many different views on what should be written.
  • Small States vs. Large States (The Great Compromise) Virginia and New Jersey
  • What if there was a way we could do both...
  • All states should have an equal representation, regardless of of population size
  • NO! The people should be represented proportionally, the amount of people in a state should equally represent the amount of people in Congress.
  • That sounds like a great idea!
  • We can do both! We can have two parts of Congress, one will be proportionally represented while the other would be equal.
  • Two parts of Congress were eventually made, the Senate which involves equal representation, and The House of Representatives, which is based on the proportions of each state.
  • Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists (The Bill of Rights)
  • To be a strong nation we need to have a Bill of Rights! Liberty and Order will be in place once we have a strong government with a Constitution that can guarantee rights.
  • We don't need it! The government will have too much power over the people!
  • Right now we do not need a Bill of Rights! But we do need a Constitution, in order to restore peace and harmony to the States. After the Constitution is written, we can decide if we want a Bill of Rights.
  • Eventually everyone came to the conclusion that the Constitution was more important at the moment. Later a Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791.
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