Pros And Cons Of The Constitutional Convention

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Lora Reed
P. Sci 180
01 July, 2017

The Constitutional Convention In February of 1787, Congress decided that a convention should assemble to amend the Articles of Confederation. The Constitutional Convention was held by a small body of well-respected delegates in the Assembly Room of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, to inaugurate a new union. This convention ultimately impelled three crucial proposals, the Virginia and New Jersey Plan, and the Connecticut Compromise, which led to the nation’s fist Constitution. On May 29, 1787, Governor of Virginia, Edmund Randolph, pressed what became known as “The Virginia Plan,” formerly written by James Madison. In its amended form,
Madison’s plan demonstrates his ideas for a strong …show more content…

In hopes to guarantee an unbiased selection of State representatives, Patterson’s plan declared to have a single-chamber legislative branch. Similar to the Articles of Confederation, each state would have equal number of votes and representation under one legislative body. Under New Jersey’s plan, the legislature could regulate foreign and interstate commerce, and levy some tariffs. Resembling the Virginia Plan, the legislature also appoints who serves in the executive branch, but the executive branch selects the …show more content…

While there were about seventy individuals chosen to attend the convention, only thirty-nine delegates actually signed the Constitution. Valuable delegates George Mason and Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, and Edmund Randolph of Virginia, refused to sign because of the philosophical differences and fear of an all-powerful government. Creating and signing the United States Constitution represents a huge expression of leadership. Each year on September 17, Americans celebrate “Constitution Day,” also known as “Citizenship Day,” which honors the rights and responsibilities of what it means to be a

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