The Convention is over, and the delegates disperse home. George Washington can hardly wait to get out of town and on his way back to Mt. Vernon. He is so anxious to leave, that it almost costs him his life.
The issue is now before the States to decide. Ratification and Union or reject the proposed Constitution and try to go it alone or in small groups.
Two opposing ideologies will coalesce around the debate. One Conservative and liberty minded. The other, radical and focused on a much different – and much bigger – goal. Can only one succeed and push the other into the pages of history?
Or is there yet still room for compromise?
As the convention reaches the end of the first week of September, it seems, at least on the surface of things, that all their work is about to come undone. Luther Martin is convinced that the only way the American people will agree to this Constitution is to be hurried into it by surprise. Edmund Randolph of Virginia declares that yet another full convention be held – AFTER the states are given the opportunity to make amendments to the draft.
It seems like there is a movement to undo all that has been done.
What is left to hold the Convention together? Two men. Perhaps the only two men in all of American history to whom every citizen will listen…
The small States have won their battle for Equal representation in what will become the Senate. The Slave States have held on to their three fifth’s compromise. For now, the Convention will move another element of the plan, the Presidency.
Ideas of how he should be elected and for how long dominate the discussion. Throughout the discussion, one man casts his shadow over the debates.
To a man, they are happy to know this. What concerns them, and what the controls the debate is a single question.
Who will be the second man to become President of The United States?