The Constitutional Convention~1787 Sue’s Class
The Delegates • 55 men from 12 states (Rhode Island declined to send anyone)
GDS delegates: Luther Martin, Maryland John Dickinson, Delaware John Langdon New Hampshire John Lansing, New York Rufus King, Massachusetts Gouvernor Morris, Pennsylvania Oliver Ellsworth, Connecticut William Livingston, New Jersey John Rutledge, South Carolina • George Washington, Virginia • Alexander Hamilton, New York • James Madison. Virginia • James Wilson, Pennsylvania • Charles Pinckney. South Carolina • Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, South Carolina • Roger Sherman, Connecticut • William Paterson, New Jersey • Elbridge Gerry, Massachusetts • William Few, Georgia • George Mason, Virginia
AGENDA • ~ is it ok to create a new constitution? • Madison and the Virginia Plan • Sherman and the Connecticut (Great) Compromise • Paterson and the New Jersey PlanHamilton and the British Plan • Charles Pinckney’s plan • What powers should the president have? • How should he be elected? • The problem of slavery ~ should slavery be abolished? • Should the enslaved population be counted for representation in Congress? • Are Federal Courts necessary? • The fight for a Bill of Rights • How should the Constitution be ratified?
Places to look for information • http://www.usconstitution.net/consttop_ccon.html • http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_founding_fathers.html