"How about that messy Shays's Rebellion, eh? We're going to need strengthening in our government!"
"Let's see what we can do to improve our government."
"It is really an assembly of demigods"
"You know, it is quite unfair that no African Americans, women, or Native Americans are here, but it's the 1700's so who cares?!"
"I kinda dunno what to expect, but let's see where this goes!"
In "A Constitutional Convention Is Called," delegates meet with each other in Annapolis, Maryland in Sept. of 1786 to discuss changes in the national government following Shays's Rebellion.
"George Washington is pretty cool so let's give him the job!"
"James Madison, the other VA delegates and I made plan!"
In "The Convention's Delegates," some of the most famous Founding Fathers met in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 such as George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and Ben Franklin. Some people like John Adams or Patrick Henry refused to attend.
"What about the smaller states? They oppose this plan!"
"The Delegates Assemble" When the delegates arrived, they didn't know what to expect, but they all had an agreement to maintain order with a strong but limited federal government, which was also their challenge.
"I have and idea!"
"BLAH! BLAH! POLITICS! ARGUING!! SOMEONE SHOULD ACTUALLY TRY TO BE COOPERATIVE, BUT WE'RE TOO STUBBORN TO DO IT!"
"The Convention Begins" Robert Morris nominated George Washington for president for the convention since he was seemingly the one most fit for the job. At the delegates' next meeting, they decided on the rules for the convention and wanted to secure privacy , so guards were posted outside the door, windows were closed, and people stopped talking whenever the door was opened.
"The Virginia Plan" Edmund Randolph offered the Virginia Plan. In it, there would be a legislature with 2 houses and 3 branches of government. This plan led to weeks of debate because it gave more power to larger states, which concerned small ones.
"The Great Compromise" Even though the New Jersey Plan was offered by William Paterson in response to the Virginia Plan, it lost when being voted on due to it not having broader powers. In desperation from constant arguing a committee was formed and so was the Great Compromise to have fair state representation.