The Constitutional Convention Essay

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The Articles of Confederation, adopted in 1781 represented the former colonist’s first attempt to establish a new government after the Revolutionary War. These Articles provided a weak political document that was meant to keep the states united temporarily. The states had all the power, so any changes made to the Article of Confederation would take every state to approve it or amend it. In February 1787, Congress decided that a convention should be convened to revise the Article of Confederation (Constitutional Rights Foundation, 2009). Congress felt the Article of Confederation was not enough to effectively deal with the young nations issues. Congress knew it was time for the country to move forward, and to do that, there would be…show more content…
With all the occurring debt, it caused many families to lose their homes, farms, and business. The revolt brought attention to the troubles with the existing Confederation of States and convinced the Continental Congress, in February 1787, to call for a convention of delegates to meet in May in Philadelphia known as the Constitutional Convention (Exploring Constitutional Conflicts). The Primary Players Twelve out of the five States sent a total of 55 delegates to the Convention. Rhode Island did not attend because they figured if they didn’t go then nothing could change, but they were proven wrong. All of the delegates that did attend played a role in the American Revolution, and there were three delegates that stood out. George Washington was a delegate for Virginia that was very important, famous, respected, and the richest man in the United States. He knew that his attendance would make the other delegates take the convention seriously. During the first day George was selected as the presiding officer in the Convention, then became presiding president from 1789-97. James Madison was a delegate for Massachusetts. During the first day of the Convention when no one knew what to do, James pulled out a plan of government he came up with days before the Convention, which became the basis of the new constitution. The convention was extremely private to only those in the room. James began writing down what everyone said for three months and
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