Constitutional Convention of 1787
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Reasons the Constitutional Convention was held
During the Convention
The first real discussions began 4 days later when Governor Edmund Randolph proposed his plan for a new structure of government called the ¨Virginia Plan.¨ This government was to be a strong national government with both branches of the the legislative branch appointed by population. However the delegates from smaller states did not approve of this new government representation by population so another form of government was created called the ¨New Jersey Plan¨ this form of government gave each state one vote of representation.
Over the course of the next three months many other problems came to order. New powers were created to regulate the economy, currency and the national defense. Congress however was not able to abolish the slave trade but slave were given a 3/5 representation when appointing representatives and determining electoral votes.
By September the final revisions were made and thirty-nine of the fifty-five delegates (states) supported the new constitution.