Notes 1-29 - American Politics Notes: January 29th, 2008...

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American Politics Notes: January 29 th , 2008 Constitutional Convention When the delegates met in May of 1787, a subcommittee was developed to propose a series of rules for the meeting. They proposed that every delegate sign a vow of secrecy. They would agree to say nothing publically about their meeting. Every delegate agreed to the pledge of secrecy. From May to September there is no record of any delegate who said anything regarding the meeting. Many delegates were angry at the misleading purpose of the meeting. They felt as though they were lied to so they decided to go back home and many never returned to the meeting. These delegates who went back home kept their word. Compromises Most everything that was accomplished at the meeting was through the vehicle of compromise. Connecticut Compromise: There would be two houses in Congress, the House of Representatives (based on population, favored by large states) and the Senate (equal representation for each state, favored by small states). Having two houses was not a compromise because the delegates believed in bicameralism. However, this compromise
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Notes 1-29 - American Politics Notes: January 29th, 2008...

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