Constitutional Convention: Creating a Constitution Reading and Did You Get It? Assigned
- Fifty-Five delegates attended the "Great Convention".
- The purpose of the meeting was the amend the Articles of Confederation.
- The convention took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Those who attended had backgrounds as Ambassadors, war heroes, plantation owners, lawyers, and wealthy merchants.
- They all agreed that the Articles of Confederation were not working and that an entirely new system of government needed to be put in place.
- Their states did NOT give them permission to act in their name?
- Madison thought the best form of government would have a strong Congress that did not have to report to the states and the president would be chosen by Congress and serve for life (isn't that like a King?)
- No they didn't like Madison's ideas! They thought it was a copy of what Britain had and they certainly didn't fight a war for independence from that sort of government!
- The small and southern states wanted a government where the state held most of the power but the national government would take care of issues with taxes, trade, and war only.
- The argument around the idea of a president was whether or not to go with one or two.
- Men like Sherman and Gerry thought the American people were too ignorant of how the government worked to actually get to participate in it.