Constitutional Convention- Lauren Sparks

Constitutional Convention- Lauren Sparks

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  • Summer in Philadelphia
  • Man-o-man! It's one hot summer here in Philadelphia!
  • Its a little more than hot! It wreaks! There are no proper sewers here and a fever is breaking out.
  • Meanwhile in Independence Hall...
  • Okay. This is the Virginia Plan. I think we should have 3 branches of government with 2 houses based on population.
  • This is the New Jersey Plan. We should have 3 branches of government with 1 house based on votes!
  • Hello, I'm George Washington, the president of this convention. Please keep this a secret. We do not want to stir any commotion. Please share your ideas.
  • Then a man named Roger Sherman came up with an idea...
  • Hmmm.. We should have 3 branches of government and 2 houses-- the Senate (Population) and the House of Representatives (Power).
  • In the summer of 1787 in Philadelphia, it was very hot. This did not help with the foul stinch coming from the streets. Thats right, NO SEWERS. There were mosquitos and the yellow fever began to break out. And not taking showers wasn't uncommon.
  • And We're Still in Independence Hall.....
  • They are PROPERTY. Tax them.
  • There were two plans about the government being argued over. The Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan.
  • Again in Independence Hall....
  • No.. the people will have NO rights and NO power!
  • A man named Roger Sherman decided to find a happy medium and compromise between both plans. This was called the Great Compromise.
  • And the Constitution was Born...
  • This is a lot of writing...
  • The Northern States and the Southern States began to argue about how slaves should be counted in the population. Should they be counted and taxed as property or actually count in the population. The plan? The 3/5 plan which counted slaves as 3/5 of a person.
  • No, they are PEOPLE. Count them.
  • Anti-Federalists and Federalists argued to ratify the Constitution. The Federalists wanted the Constitution, but the Anti- Federalists did not because they didn't want the government to have too much power. The Bill of Rights gave people their natural rights and the Federalists and Anti- Federalists finally agreed on the constitution.
  • The Constitution was ratified and James Madison was appointed to write most of it out on paper. The Constitution set the guidelines for our country.
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