What Would the Founding Fathers Think of America Today?
Most of us know that America’s Founding Father’s attended the Constitutional Convention of 1787 in Philadelphia and drafted the Constitution of the United States. The delegates decided to replace the Articles of Confederation with a document that strengthened the federal government, with the most contentious issue being the apportioning of legislative representation. Two plans were presented: the Virginia plan, favored by the large states, apportioned representatives by population or wealth; the New Jersey plan, favored by the small states, provided for equal representation for each state. A compromise established the bicameral Congress to ensure both equal and proportional representation.
But a lot more happened as well – much of it underreported or misunderstood. That’s the focus of this insider’s look at the birth of American Government as we know it today.
New York Institute of Technology
New York, NY 10023
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