Framing The United States Constitution

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Framing the United States Constitution In 1787, at the Constitutional Convention, a group of knowledgeable and brilliant men met in order to revise the problematic, inefficient, and weak Articles of Confederation. These experienced and well read men produced a four-page document, suggesting an entirely new form of government. This achievement was absolutely remarkable considering it had no precedent in history, and this document established a well thought out, strong, and centralized government for the people. Even though it has been suggested that these men were in fact selfish and may have written a document that would benefit a certain class of people, the document consisting of all its compromises, civil liberties, system of checks and balances, would benefit the entire country at large. The delegates at the Constitutional Convention compromised on controversial issues in order to benefit the entire nation. The Constitution included civil liberties delegated to the states and individuals, thus protecting the entire nation.

The government consisted of three branches thereby dispersing the amount of power between the branches and assisting the entire nation.

The compromises of the Constitution were designed on behalf of the entire country. Instead of devising a document strictly taking one viewpoint, the delegates compromised on pertinent and controversial aspects of the Constitution. The issues of whether or not taxes should be placed on goods exported to foreign countries or traveling between the states was debated between the northern states and southern states at the convention. The pertinent issue of slave abolition was also debated between the two entities. The North felt strongly about abolishing the slave trade while the South, whose entire commerce practically revolves around slavery, felt it was necessary for the trading to continue. The Slave Trade-Export Compromise granted The Congress the ability to regulate interstate and foreign commerce by passing...