Elbridge Gerry’s Monstrous Salamander

Elbridge Gerry’s Monstrous Salamander

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  • The term "Gerry-mander"  can apply to any political district, but it is most often used to describe state and federal legislative districts.
  • Representatives shall be apportioned by several states according to their numbers, counting whole persons in each state excluding Indians, not taxed.
  • In 1772 Elbridge was elected to the colonies legislature, the general court of Massachusetts. 
  • In may of 1774, after the Boston Tea Party the British Parliament passed the intolerable acts. The Massachusetts government act abolished the colonies charter ,and replaced most of the elected members of government with people appointed by the crown. 
  • Elbridge Gerry was not happy with the constitution that the convention created, and he refused to sign it. He thought that their wasn't enough protections and individual liberties,l and he proposed the addition of the Bill Of Rights
  • The map was drawn for Massachusetts state senate district, before 1812 the commonwealth of Massachusetts had senate districts follow county boundary lines. That year Democratic and Republicans in the state legislature redrew the map to give themselves an advantage by packing the federalist vote to only a few districts. 
  • The importance of the podcast is the Gerry was one out of three men who attended the Constitutional Convention in 1787 who refused to sign the United States Constitution because it did not include the Bill of Rights. 
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