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The Great Compromise - Articles of Confederation Weakness...

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Articles of Confederation Weakness of the Articles of the Confederation o Hard to achieve quorum (9 states) o Considerable disagreement regarding policies o Difficulty taxing to pay off national debts o Lack of resources to back currency o No national regulation of commerce o No national judiciary o No strong central government Virginia Plan o Goal – diverge from Articles o Advocates – James Madison and Edmund Randolph o Power – Power comes from the people not the states o Favored by – Large states o Structure – three branch government, legislature chooses executive and judiciary o Legislature – Bicameral legislature, one house chosen by people, one by legislatures New Jersey Plan o Goal – Strengthen Articles o Drafted by - William Patterson o Favored by – small states o Structure – unicameral legislature with one cote for each state; representatives chosen by state legislatures; Supreme Court with life terms, appointed by executive officers o
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