The Constitutional Convention

The Constitutional Convention

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  • The Constitutional Convention StoryBoard by Morganne Jordan
  • Madison and Washington decided that they were in trouble due to a weak government. All the States (- Rhode Island) nominated delegates to attend the conference. 55 total men came to the Philadelphia meeting to discuss the revisions. 
  • In 1776, the Second Continental Congress issued "A Resolve" to the 13 colonies which allowed them to develop a government to promote safety and unity. The sense of statehood over nationhood was thought to weaken the growth of American Iidentity. . 
  • There was a suggestion first, the Virginia Legislature. Those who attend thought the conversation should be extened and they endorsed a "Grad Convention" to discuss how to improve the Articles of Confederation. 
  • May of 1787, in Philadelphia, the Grand Convention took place. The key points were to reduce the power of states, exclude states in terms of election and representation, and to establish an extended power. 
  • In September of 1787, there were still many questions regarding presidency and the place the constitution stood. No progress was to be made without electing a leader first, so during the last week of the convention they added little adjustments. On September 17, 1787, the last day of the convention,, the constitution was read aloud and signed.for 4 years after, debates circled against the constitution until the Constitution was ratified and accepted with a bill of rights by all the 13 states in the Union in 1791.
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