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compromises US constitution

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Analyze and explain the compromises leading up to the ratification of the US constitution. In 1781, the United States, after having gotten its independence from Britain, created a new constitution. This new constitution was extremely well thought out and it is still pretty much the same one as used nowadays. However, creating this new constitution was not an easy path. In the summer of 1776, a committee was appointed by Congress to create this new constitution. There were many compromises that lead up to the ratification of the US constitution, most of these compromises were power-motivated. After having been a colony, no state wanted to be controlled by any other state. So they did all that they could to make sure that the power was well divided so that every state would be equal. Even though the constitution was redrafted many times, there were some points that were always present before ratifying the constitution. ...read more.

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In the end, they came up with a 'great compromise'. The congress would have two houses. In the Senate, all states would have two seats each. In the House of Representatives the number of seats would be based on size of population. This compromise was very well liked because it joined both the Virginia and the New Jersey Plan and made everyone happier. Slavery was also a very debated topic. The Southern Affluent people could be unhappy if the constitution did not support slavery, but if they supported it a large number of Northern affluent people would be unhappy and consider it inhumane. The people from the South had plenty of slaves therefore they wanted slavery to be legal. The Northerners, however, did not have nearly as many slaves and they did not want them to be legal nor to count as a full person because then there would be more Southern members in the electoral college because the slaves would increase their population. ...read more.

Conclusion

The President negotiated treaties with foreign states but the State could reject them. This meant that for any change, there was a big approval line making it very hard for one "crazy" politician to affect the US constitution. The Supreme Court would comprise six justices and was given power to decide on the validity of state law. It was also given the power to interpret the Constitution. In 1787 those who wanted the Constitution to be ratified became known as federalists. There were people who did not support it, for a reason or another but in the end all 13 states ended up ratifying the constitution. Some of the main compromises that lead up to this ratification were the Bill of Rights, the constitution not condemning nor supporting slavery, the great compromise unifying the House of Representatives and the Senate, and the separation of power. In the end, the constitution turned out to be really successful as it is pretty much the original one in the present moment. ...read more.

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