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The Constitutional ConventionChapter 2, Sec. 4
Who’s Who at the Convention?• All states EXCEPT… Rhode Island• Only 55 of the 74 delegates attended • 7 were former governors • 39 served in the Confederation Congress • 8 signed the Declaration of Independence • 6 signed the Articles of Confederation
Called the“Father of theConstitution”because thebasic plan forgovernmentwas his idea.James Madison fourth President of the United States (1809–1817)
Gouverneur Morris wrote thefinal draft of theConstitution. Handmade oil painting reproduction of Portrait Gouverneur Morris (1752-1816), a painting by Alonzo Chappel.
He took an active lead in debates. Benjamin Franklin (age 81)
CONSENSUS on basic issues:• Limited government• Representative government• Separation of powers(three branches)• Limit states rights to coin money• Strengthen the national government
VIRGINIA PLAN NEW JERSEY PLAN GREAT COMPROMISE
- Three (3) branches of government: legislative, judicial, and strong executive- bicameral legislature = lower house elected by the people, upper house picked by the lower house- favored large states
NEW JERSEY PLAN- a weak executive = executive could appoint national judiciary- keep the unicameral legislature = one vote for each state = congress could collect taxes and regulate trade- favored small states
A bicameral legislature!
LOWER HOUSE UPPER HOUSEHouse of Senate Representatives two votes perbased on state (equal) population
Other COMPROMISESThe Three-Fifths CompromiseEach slave counted as 3/5 of a person,OR 5 slaves equal 3 people!
Other COMPROMISES: Commerce and Slave Trade Compromise Agreed not to ban the slave trade until 1808 and forbidCongress to impose export taxes
Why Compromise on Slavery?- The Northern states were outlawing slavery.- The Southern states would never agree to the Constitution if it were outlawed!
RATIFICATIONFederalists Anti-Federalists(FOR) (AGAINST)- mainly merchants - mainly farmers and others in the and laborers cities and coastal regions - feared a strong national- argued that without government a strong national government, - Lacked a “Bill anarchy would of Rights” occur
Our New GovernmentMarch 4, 1789- Federal Hall, New York City, temporary capital- 22 senators and 59 representatives electedApril 30, 1789- George Washington, took oath as first president- John Adams, elected vice-president