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  • On May 25, 1787 55 delegates met in Philadelphia for the their first meeting to debate how to fix the government.
  • In 1787 Philadelphia's summer was filthy and very dirty when the delegates arrived. The city was hot and humid with trash and no sanitation at all, which made the whole city be trashed with mosquitoes. One person that visited Independence Hall said " slightest movement is painful." which explains how hard it would be to debate a government with this type of weather.
  • The Rule of Secrecy was the most important trait to the delegates, mostly to George Washington. The delegates wanted to feel free for what they said without being judged by the people. They kept it a secret for the whole hot summer. Since George Washington was the president he kept everyone in order to make it a secret. He also started this rule by all delegates voting for it.
  • The first suggestion was the Virginia Plan which was to be made with the legislative, congress, and executive branch. Congress would have the House of Representatives and the Senate and the number of lawmakers were based on pop.. The big states liked the plan but the small states didn't
  • William Paterson an important figure in the convention suggested another proposal, the New Jersey Plan with three branches. But the difference with the legislative was that it only had one house, and also each state would have an equal vote in Congress. Paterson said that this would have the small states equal to bigger states.
  • Finally after 2 whole months of sticky debating, Roger Sherman,from Connecticut, proposed an idea that was called the Great Compromise. It worked well to be our constitution because it mixed the New Jersey and Virginia Plan. It satisfied both the small and big states. It had two houses for Congress. House of Representatives would be based on the population, and the Senate would be have two senators each.
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