The Pros And Cons Of The Pinckney Plan

Satisfactory Essays
“Madison’s attacks on Pinckney’s claims to authorship of at least parts of the Constitution were followed up by his admirers and subsequent generations of scholars. Pinckney, of course, was dead and could not defend himself.” This quote defines how James Madison sought to take greater credit for the Pinckney Plan, which was created by Charles Pinckney of South Carolina. Charles Pinckney claimed to have laid the foundation for the U.S. Constitution (through the Pinckney Plan), which formed a bicameral legislative organization of the future government that included a Senate and House. Historically, Pinckney claimed to be the youngest delegate at the Constitutional Conventions (later proven to not be true), yet Madison hid his notes of the Pinckney…show more content…
The theory behind this idea was that people with wealth had a substantial stake in the society and would not be prone to making dangerous experiments.” I chose this quote because it defined the two-sided “battle” between the federalists and anti-federalists in the formation of the bicameral government. Of course, the struggle between proportional votes in states (in the lower house) and the one vote per state (in the upper house) was the major issue of contention. Therefore, a balance between the wealthy elites in Senate would provide a barrier against the “dangerous experiments” proposed by the people or “the mob.” This “battle” was initiated to provide as a way to provide representational voting “by and for the people”, yet not without oversight by the aristocracy. These complex issues were a major part of finding a compromise in the formation of a federal government that would not overpower the states; and vice…show more content…
They, not the people, were the basic building blocks in the social system. The people must act through state governments to direct the national government, and the national government must act through the state governments to direct the people.” This quote defines the often-stubborn behaviors of Luther Martin from New Jersey during the Constitutional Convention. Martin walked out of the Constitutional Convention due to what he felt was the powerful structure of the new national government, These beliefs were dominated by his opposition to the Virginia Plan, since it supported federal authority over state authority. This historical perspective defines how some members, such as martin , were vehemently opposed to federalism, and that eventually left the Constitutional Convention due to a radical opposition to the new national government. The principle of state autonomy was a predominant argument by states, which were fearful of another form of tyrannical government being formed by the federalists. Martin’s erratic behavior (often associated with alcoholism) defines some of the radical arguments put forth by state’s rights advocates during the Constitutional
    Get Access