By: Jazzlyn Alvarez
The Constitutional Convention
- Took place on May 14, 1787
- Took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Was first set up to revise the Articles of Confederation, but then it was later intended to create a new government.
- George Washington was elected leader of this convention
- The convention resulted in the creation of our United States Constitution.
- Included in the convention was
The Virginia Plan
- Was created by James Madison
- Proposal for new form of government
- Main purpose of the plan was to protect large states interest in the new government
- Had 15 resolutions, some based on the ideas of Montesquieu
- Proposed a separation of powers; Judicial, Legislative, Judicial
- Proposed checks and balances
- Wanted each state to be represented by their proportion to the number of free inhabitants
The New Jersey Plan
- Was proposed by William Patterson
- Was a counterproposal to the Virginia Plan
- Proposed on June 15, 1787
- Legislature would be unicameral
- States would be represented equally, each with one representative.
- Believed states were independent entities, and they would remain free and individual
Supporters of the Virginia Plan
Supporters of the New Jersey Plan
Problems at the Convention
Some issues revolved around..
- Representation; How many representatives would each state have? And how would you count slaves into the population? Did they count?
- If slavery would continue to be allowed or not
- The way a President would be elected and how long would their terms be
- States rights
- The way that the central government's power would be limited to prevent peoples right to be taken away