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Constitution Compromises Essay

  • Submitted by: blazingaqua
  • on November 25, 2012
  • Category: History
  • Length: 524 words

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The Constitution of the United States is the highest law of the United States of America. It is the basis for American government. The constitution limits the power of government by using a system of checks and balances. This system prevents one of the three branches of government, (Executive, Judiciary, and Legislative) from overpowering one another. What made this document acceptable by so many people? It came through the series of compromises that was made more than 200 years ago.
James Madison, a delegate from Philadelphia, proposed a plan for a new national government. Edmund Randolph, a delegate from Virginia, introduced the details for Madison’s plan. This plan called for a national legislature that consists of two houses. The lower house, which later became known as the House of Representatives, and the upper house, which became known as the Senate. This plan stated that in the lower house, the states would be represented in proportion to the state’s population. In the upper house, the lower house would elect members to represent the upper house. This plan angered delegates from small states like Delaware and New Jersey. If this plan were accepted then there would be high chance that small states could have no members in the upper house.   On July 2, 1787 a committee was created to resolve this issue. The committee compromised a proposal between large states and small states. This proposal suggested that the lower house would be represented by the state’s population, but in the upper house the states would be presented equally with two member from each state. This proposal became known as the “Great Compromise.” This compromise was accepted on July 16, 1787.
Another issue that had to be dealt with was slavery. A constitutional convention was held in Philadelphia regarding this issue. Northern states did not want to count slaves at all, arguing that they should be treated as property, since they didn't have votes or any other power. The Southern states,...

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