Constitutional Convention Dbq Essay

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Not long after the Constitutional Convention of 1787 had ended and the Constitution had been introduced to the American people for the ratification, there was a debate regarding those who supported the Constitution (Federalists) and those who opposed it (Anti-Federalists). Among those debates, one of the most central debates was whether to unite the thirteen states into a great nation or under the federal government. Perhaps, this question was the reason why some of the delegates kept their mouth shut in Philadelphia. Outstanding delegates such as James Madison and James Wilson had developed a plan that would renovate the American Union from loose independent states to a central nation that under the control of federal government but still …show more content…

It was no longer about states or abroad country, but rather a contract between all Americans under 1 nation. In a meantime, the Federalist Papers provided strong and rational justifications in that every decision should made by the Constitutional Convention, and also persuaded Americans that by arranging less power in people’s hands, the federal government could have a higher chance to protect people. On the other hand, the Anti-Federalist delegates argued that the government gave too much power to the federal government, while seizing too much power away from local and state governments. There were three kinds of Anti-Federalists. The first kind was mentioned by politicians Roger Sherman. and Oliver Ellsworth of Connecticut. They appeared in the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia with an unpleasant manner toward the Virginia Plan and its new purpose to give more power to Congress and to reduce the states’ role in America system. These two delegates achieved considerable success in demonstrating this plan in the direction of federal principles. But in the end the powers of Congress are listed clearly, each state will be represented equally in the Senate and composed of Senators elected by the state legislatures, the president will be elected by a majority of the people and a majority of the

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