US Constitution Storyboard

US Constitution Storyboard

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  • Declaration of Independence
  • Articles of Confederation
  • Constitutional Convention
  • We, the Anti-Federalists, want a weak, central national governments with the states retaining the most power.   We, the Federalists, want a strong, central national government. 
  • Compromises
  • Mr. Madison from Virginia: I propose a bicameral legislature based on population
  • Mr. Sherman from Connecticut: Might I propose a (Great) Compromise:  What if the Senate has equal representation, elected by state legislatures and the House of Representatives is based on population (proportional representation) and elected by people
  • Mr. Paterson from New Jersey: I propose a single house, one vote per state
  • US Constitution
  • Federalists favor balance between state,national governments. Antifederalists oppose strong central government because it may serve interests of privileged minority, and because it would be unlikelyto manage a large country well, and the Constitution does not protect individual rights
  • Bill of Rights
  • Three-Fifths Compromise allows 3/5 of state’s slaves to be counted, for House and taxes.
  • We, in the South, want slaves counted as part of our population count for House Representation but not for tax purposes.
  • What about the issue of slavery?
  • We, in the North, do not want slaves counted in the population count for House Representation.
  • How should this new government look?
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