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  • Constructing the Constitution 
  • By: Blake Horowitz and Bryce Weinsier 
  • In 1776 a document declaring American independence from Great Britain and calling for equality, human rights, and citizen participation known as the Decleration of independance.
  • The continental congress needed legal authority for its actions, in 1777 its members proposed a governing document called articles of confederations
  • The Bill of Rights is the first ten amendments to the constitution, which provided basic political rights.
  • In May 1787, Edmund Randolph of Virginia presented the delegates with James Madison's radical proposal for a new government known as the Virginia Plan.
  • To counter the Virginia plan, on June 15 William Patterson of New Jersey presented the convention with the New Jersey plan, which strengthened the Articles of Confederation.
  • Robert Sherman of Connecticut proposed a compromise on legislative representation whereby the lower chamber is based on population, and the upper chamber provides equal representation to the states
  • The enumerated powers were power expressly granted to the Congress by the Constitution
  • The three fifths compromise is a compromise over slavery at the Constitutional convention that granted states extra representation in the house of representatives based on their number of slaves at the ratio of three-fifths
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