Creating the Constitution

Creating the Constitution

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  • It's not the best, but it's what we got.
  • Hold it!! I got an idea! You guys aren't liberal!
  • When the Revolutionary War ended in 1776, Congress tried to unite the states under one government. It was hard to do so they created the Articles of Confederation. 
  • Yeah!
  • We're leaving if you don't do this!
  • Ummm...Ok, fine!
  • Since there was a money shortage, and farmers couldn't get enough money to pay their taxes. So, in Massachusetts, Shays Rebellion was born to riot for the judges not to take away their farms and cattle because they couldn't pay off their debt. Eventually, it was taken down by a local militia men, but when people rebelled, others noticed.
  • People should have the choice!
  • Hey, guys, I got an idea!
  • They're too dumb! We should have the choice!
  • Then, a delegate from Virginia created a plan that would allow states with bigger populations to oversee smaller states, it was called the Virginia Plan. Almost the opposite of the Virginia Plan, the New Jersey Plan would make the states have more power than the people. They argued for a while until Connecticut created a compromise. This was called the Great Compromise.
  • Another issue: How should slaves be counted? The southern states wanted to keep the slave trade while the northern states didn't. Southern states knew they were outnumbered by the northern states, so they started counting slaves as people to get more delegates. They were going to leave if they didn't get their way. So, they made the Three-Fifths Compromise. Five African American people counted as three white people.
  • The last compromise made was the compromise to how should the chief executive be elected? One group of delegates said that the people should have the choice. Then the other delegates contradicted, "What if they're too stupid? We should make the decision." After a while, they finally came up with a compromise: The Electoral College, which said that both of them should have a choice.
  • They, finally, said that they didn't want a government with a leader as strong as the King. The Articles of Confederation proved to be too weak or support the government. They wanted to ratify constitution, because it would have a central government with the power to tax, a national court system, and a president as the chief executive. As a result, they made and signed the Constitution. 
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