Constituition convention

Constituition convention

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  • A New Constitution
  • Jake SpencerPeriod:3 
  • 55 delegates from 12 states arrived in Philadelphia on May 25, 1787
  • Our first order of business will be to name George Washington as the president of this convention
  • We propose the Virginia plan
  • James Madison the " father of the constituition proposed the Virginia plan, a plan that called for a strong national government with 3 branches. William Patterson drafted the New jersey plan which called for the protection of smaller states
  • We propose the New Jersey Plan
  • 9/10's of the slaves in the colonies lived in the south. The southerners argued that these slaves should be counted as part of the population so they could get more representatives.
  • The first thing they did was name George Washington the president of the convention. Washington, being the most famous man in the colonies was the clear choice. 
  • James Wilson proposed that their be a person serve as the chief executive, this brought back memories of King George. Edmund Randolph proposed three different chief executives 
  • The delegates compromised and ended up choosing a plan that had a 2- house congress, The House of Representatives and the Senate.
  • On September 17, 1787, the delegates completed the Constitution.
  • We have finished the Constitution! 
  • Northern delegates argued against this idea. James Madison came up with another compromise: count each slave as 3/5 of a person. The delegates agreed and 
  • The delegates finally decided that a single executive would be best. They had trouble figuring out how this person would feel be picked though. They decided that a special group of people called the electoral college choose.
  • Many delegates did not agree with the Constitution and didn't sign it, but Ben Franklin one of the smartest men in the colonies declared "it was a new day dawning for the United states.
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