When the details of the Virginia plan were discussed, it became clear that this was not a simple revision of the articles of Confederation, but a bold plan for a whole new type of government – a government with much more powerful national legislative power and, unlike the articles of Confederation, with a powerful leader. It also immediately became apparent that, as bold and innovative as the plan may be, there were many delegates in the Chamber who were very concerned about certain aspects. For nearly four months, delegates tried to review and resolve their differences. The most controversial issues – those relating to the distribution of representation within the national legislature, the powers and choice of the Director General, and the place of the institution of slavery in the new policy of continental political union – would fundamentally change the form of the document that would eventually emerge on 17 September 1787. It has been difficult for the Framers in the Philadelphia Congress to resolve the conflict between small and large states over the number of delegates each state should send to Congress. Small states thought that each state should be able to send a single delegate, while large states wanted the figure based on the size of the state`s population. Both sides considered the plan unfair to them. A delegate could not represent about 750,000 people in the state of Virginia, and the big idea that each state would have 1 delegate for every 30,000 people could not work, because that would mean that states like Rhode Island and Delaware could send only one delegate. I agree with Framers` decision to keep the philadelphia Convention procedures secret, because the Framers thought they had to speak freely. If people told others what they were saying, they would change their minds less because of the debate. The Framers wanted people to accept the new costitution.

They feared that people would not know all the disagreements that continued during the writing. Once the Framers made these deals, it was time to get to work. It was time to create a new constitution. Katie 🙂 I agree with the decision to keep the procedure secret because, if the procedure were made public, the authors of the procedure would not feel as free to discuss their ideas. On the final day of the Constitutional Convention, the Convention`s longest-serving delegate, 81-year-old Benjamin Franklin, was allowed to sum up the nearly four months of debate, disagreement and occasional outbursts of bad mood that had marked the proceedings this summer. Franklin noted that if “you bring together a number of men to have the benefit of their common wisdom, you inevitably gather with these men all their prejudices, passions, errors of opinion, local interests and selfish opinions. Can we expect a perfect production of such a montage? The miracle of all, Franklin said, was that the delegates were able to create a system of government “as close to perfection as it does.” In the weeks leading up to July 16, 1787, the Framers had made several important decisions regarding the structure of the Senate. They rejected a proposal to elect senators to the House of Representatives from the lists submitted by national parliaments and agreed that these legislators should elect their own senators. It was so difficult for the Framers to reach an agreement on how to resolve their conflicts, because neither side of the conflicts would give up.

For example, the case of slavery – the southern states that owned plantations in Southern, where a family could not operate the entire plantation, would disagree and say they would refuse to be part of the nation if there was no slavery.