Constitutional Convention Pros And Cons

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The Constitutional Convention, a meeting of state delegates from May of 1787 to September 1787, resulted in the creation of a new constitution and therefore a new government for the United States of America. While representation was debated over at the Constitutional Convention, issues that created much more controversy were the distribution of power between branches, and between state and federal governments. Under the Articles of Confederation, representation in the national government was satisfactory, however the creation of a national government that welded a significant amount of power changed how each state wanted to be represented in the national government. Delegates, mainly from the larger New England states, at the Constitutional Convention were concerned over the matter of how small states were represented when compared with large states. As many plans suggested, representation based on population favored the larger states, and also the states with a higher percentage of …show more content…

The government under the Articles of Confederation lacked a means of enforcing laws and exerting power over the states. As a result, delegates at the convention agreed upon creating a government comprised of three separate branches - legislative, executive, and judicial. Each branch had a functionality that was later specified in the document, and distributed central powers evenly to lessen debate. States were concerned that government would strive away from serving the people over time, and this led them to create more even distribution. The issue of unequal distribution among branches was solved with the creation of a system of checks and balances. Distribution of power was further improved with the creation of amendment 10, the amendment of reserved

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