Hello Everyone! I am Alexander Hamilton. You may be wondering why I have gathered you here today, here in Philadelphia.
Hey, where is the Rhode Island Delegate?
Yeah! We need a cool group nickname for doing this... How about "The founding Fathers´´
I ´m so glad that all of us could make it today!
The government should protect Peoples rights!
Now that there are 29 of us , lets get this democratic Par-tay Start-ay!!
1786- Alexander Hamilton called for the states to send representatives to Philadelphia the following May to discuss ways to promote trade among their states, hoping that creating that national trade laws would help the economies of all the states.
We now declare General George Washington, President of this convention!
We must guard the convention so that their conversation stays private.
There were 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention that became known as the Founding Fathers of the United States. It was all white Males at the Convention.
This government will have three branches -Legislature to make laws -executive to enforce the laws -judiciary to interpret the laws
The Legislature will have two houses. In both houses, the number of representatives from each state would be based on the state’s population or its wealth
Thank you General. I suggest we use this plan I made, The Virginia Plan!
The legislature would have the power to levy taxes, regulate commerce, and make laws
Edmund Randolph, You will be the first speaker!
With 29 delegates now in attendance the convention was officially in progress. All the delegates agreed that
I vote Virginia!
I also Vote Virginia!
Oh be Quiet William Patterson! We all know that my Virginia Plan is better!
I suggest the New Jersey Plan!
The first order of business was electing a president for the convention. Robert Morris of Pennsylvania elected George Washington and everyone else also voted for him. Then the delegates decided that their conversations would remain private. For this they had guards at the doors and they shut the windows.
Edmund Randolph offered a whole new plan for government that plan became the Virginia plan. At first the big states were for the plan and the smaller states were not.
The Virginia plan won. Though there was still debates on representation in the legislature. The delegates selected a committee to work out a compromise. The Committee suggested The Great Compromise. In this Compromise each state would have an equal number of votes in the senate. There would be representation in the House of Representatives according to state populations.