What Major Disagreements And Compromises

By 1787, the debts of the War of Independence had accumulated and many states had fallen behind in paying their debts. States imposed tariffs on themselves and fought for borders. Britain was furious because pre-war debts were not being paid, and it refused to comply with the treaty that had ended the war (the Treaty of Paris of 1783). Recognizing that things were not going well, Congress declared on February 21, 1787, “that there were gaps in the present Confederation” and decided that a convention should be held in Philadelphia “for the sole and explicit purpose of revising the articles of confederation. and to make the Federal Constitution suitable for the requirements of the Government and the preservation of the Union. An important issue facing delegates was the equitable representation of large and small states in the legislature, which would later become Congress. 4. What were the major debates on the Constitution? What compromises were found in each case? If you had been a delegate, would you have accepted each of these compromises? Explain. In February 1787, Congress decided that a convention should be convened to revise the Articles of Confederation, the country`s first constitution. In May, 55 delegates came to Philadelphia and the Constitutional Convention began.

Debates erupted over congressional representation, slavery and the new executive branch. The debates lasted four hot and humid months. But eventually, the delegates reached compromises, and on the 17th. In September, they created the U.S. Constitution, which replaced the articles with the government document that has been operating effectively for more than 200 years. Delegates voted more than 60 times before the method was chosen. The final agreement was to have the president elected by the voters of each state who were to be elected “in a way” that could “direct” its legislature. Each voter would vote for two people (one of whom could not be a resident of the same state). The person with the most votes would become president. But if no one had a majority of the votes, the House of Representatives elected the candidate from the top five (with each state`s delegation reimbursing one vote). 2.

Discuss the benefits of having the Senate as it is. When the 55 delegates met in Philadelphia to review the Articles of Confederation, several important topics were on the agenda. The Constitution was, as one commentator put it, “a set of compromises” aimed at addressing certain specific needs and addressing the shortcomings that occurred under the Articles of Confederation […].

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