The Constitutional Convention

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Chapter 7 Section 2

The Constitutional Convention”

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Focus Question: What role did compromise play in the creation of the United States Constitution?
Americans worried about the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation. These weaknesses prompted the states to call a meeting in Philadelphia to revise the Articles.
The Constitutional Convention Begins

*Convention met in summer of 1787.

Aims of the Convention

*Congress called this meeting to revise the Articles of Confederation, not to form a new government. Many delegates believed that revising the Articles would not be enough.

*Delegates voted to keep debates secret.

The Delegates

*55 delegates from 12 states. Rhode Island did not send representatives. Its politicians feared the strong central government that the convention set out to create.

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