Events Leading up to the Constitutional Convention

Events Leading up to the Constitutional Convention
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By Emma Weast

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  • 1786: Shays' Rebellion
  • The government is weak, there needs to be a change.
  • Lets start an uprising!
  • February, 1787: Meeting for the A.O.C.
  • We need a new plan of government. Let's gather the smartest minds in the country. 
  • Constitutional Convention
  • Welcome to the Constitutional Convention. Hopefully, we'll get everything settled. 
  • Shays' Rebellion showed how weak the national government was when the government turned out powerless to stop the uprising. States held all of the military and war power.
  • Virginia Plan
  • We need a strong, reliable government for our country!
  • February 1787, Congress invited the States to send delegates to a meeting in Philadelphia to discuss on what changes needed to be made from the Articles of Confederation.  
  • New Jersey Plan
  • Our government runs under the Articles! What's better than that?
  • The Constitutional Convention is a meeting that took place May - September of 1787. Delegates from each state met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They met to write entirely new laws that would set balance of power between national government and states.
  • 3/5 Compromise
  • Slaves are important to some, they need to be counted as a person.
  • One plan that the delegates came up with is the Virginia plan. This plan called for strong government.
  • A second plan was the New Jersey plan. This plan would continue more along the lines of how congress already operated under the articles.
  • The third plan was the 3/5 Compromise. Slave owners wanted their slaves to be counted in the state's population, so they counted slaves as 3/5-ths of a person.
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