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.
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.
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.
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.