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Social Studies 7

Constitutional Convention

Constitutional Convention A meeting in Philadelphia in 1787 that produced a new Constitution
Articles of Confederation A weak Constitution that governed America during the Revolutionary War. It was America's first Constitution
Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation Federal government could not make the states follow the laws Federal government could not force people to pay taxes.
James Madison Father of the Constitution, wrote the Virginia Plan
George Washington Commander of the Continental Army during the American Revolution Leader of the Constitutional Convention First President of the US
Virginia Plan Called for 3 branches of government 2 House Legislature Representation in both houses would be proportional to a state's population
New Jersey Plan Called for 3 branches of government 1 house legislature Representation would be equal (1 per State)
The Great Compromise 1787; This compromise was between the large and small states of the colonies. The Great Compromise resolved that there would be representation by population in the House of Representatives, and equal representation would exist in the Senate.
Three- Fifths Compromise Compromise between Northern and Southern states. Only 3 out of every 5 slaves would be counted in the population of a state.
Delegate A person appointed or elected to represent others
Democracy A political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens.
Founding Fathers Leaders who laid the groundwork for the United States government Examples: James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington
Created by: mbarkley
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