As the Delegates return from their vacation, so does the summer heat. Sitting down to work, they begin to read and digest the draft that Rutledge of South Carolina has put together while they were gone.
There are many points of contention, but also many points of agreement.
One agreement is that they are moving too slowly and that the nation is growing impatient.
Despite the progress, there remains much to be done. James Madison feels that the work could take many more months. Washington and most of the other delegates know that they do not have that much time.
The first solution offered is to work longer days.
From 10am until 4pm with no changes to the schedule now allowed.
With the new plan in place, they take up the qualification for electors.
Should property ownership be considered? The draft of the Constitution says that it should not be considered, but some, like Gouverneur Morris, vehemently disagree…
The Convention – Part 5
Two days after the Committee of the Whole accepts the 3/5th’s Compromise and adds another four resolutions to the Virginian’s Plan, it is now clear that the Virginian’s mean to abolish the Articles of Confederation and establish a new government based on the principles of Liberty and freedom. This presents a difficult moral challenge to them as a group and represents the apex of their ideas presented at the Convention.
New Jersey steps up with an alternate plan, which, like the Virginia Plan promises to fix and improve the Articles of Confederation, but unlike the Virginia Plan, actually does. Now comes the moment that the two plans are laid before the Convention, debated and it is decided to pursue one and abandon the other. But which plan will go forward?
As the Convention prepares to call for the vote, one man, New Yorker, Alexander Hamilton, stands to have his say. He will speak for the entire day, and he will come to rue this day…
NOTE: At one point Dave refers to Hamilton being on the $20 Bill. Obviously, he meant the $10 Bill…
The Convention Part 3 – The Spin Doctors
The Convention finally gets underway. First things first, rules have to be established and agreed upon. Then the business of reforming the Government can get rolling. The first presentations take on the problems the nation confronts, including the biggest danger facing America.
The local Newspaper wants a story, and somebody, just who isn’t exactly clear, is giving them one.
George Wythe and his rules committee approved two special rules that will serve to ensure secrecy and flexibility.
As an add-on for Constitution Thursday, I have compiled for you a couple of PDF Documents which contain the biographies of the 55 Delegates who participated in the Convention. It is a rather large file (18MB) and is nearly 400 pages in length, but it provides a quick reference for the men involved in this discussion. You can download CONSTITUTION THURSDAY – The Delegates HERE.