The Constituion is a bundle of compromises

Essay by IllonaLevinaHigh School, 11th gradeA+, January 2007

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It has been said that the constitution is bundle of compromises. It is my belief that this statements validity is very high. By human nature we do not agree with every idea that is presented to us. When a group of people gets together to make important decisions, there are bound to be constant arguments. Through the use of chronological historical evidence it will become evident in this discussion that during the secretive meeting of the Constitutional Convention; our Constitution was formed based on a collection of compromises.

The Great Compromise as it later became known started of with an agreement formed about the Virginia plan. Proposed by the governor of Virginia, Edmund Randolph; this plan called for representation in congress based on a states population. The details of the Virginia plan included the set up of two houses, membership determined proportionally, lower house elected by the people, upper house elected by the lower house, an executive was in power but would only exist to ensure the legislature will was carried out, forms of judiciary, an executive and judiciary would have the power to veto legislation and also a national veto of any state legislation.

This plan however created a problem because it did not settle well with the smaller states. Their main objection towards the plan was that in this new plan everything was according to population size of a state. The smaller states feared that larger states would take away their equal suffrage. Therefore William Paterson of New Jersey presented the New Jersey plan to the delegates on June 15, 1787.

At this time, the convention was split in half, between the supporters of the Virginia plan and the New Jersey plan. To resolve this quarrel the Great Compromise came about. This compromise was enacted so that a...