4why was the constitution a controversial document

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4.Why was the Constitution a controversial document even as it was being written? The Constitution has and always will bee a controversial document. The Anti- federalists was the name given to the individuals who opposed the ratification of the Constitution. According to Mount (2012), the Anti-Federalists are today’s Democrats and the Federalists are today’s Republicans. Some of the individuals that were considered part of the anti-federalists group were Patrick Henry, John Hancock and George Mason. The anti-federalists opposed the Constitution because they believed that it would support a strong national currency and protect property rights. It was also argued that the Constitutional did not protect individual rights and they worried that a tyrannical government would destroy the states (Henretta & Brody, 2010). One of the main issues that the anti-federalists brought up was the fear of the vote of representation as they might not know, know of, or believe the same beliefs as the representative for presidency. They felt that someone they felt was a stranger to them would rule them. Many people backed these concerns from rural and agricultural areas, debtors and other individuals who opposed a strong central government. They also believed that one man spending all his time in office and resembling a King would start to use every means that they could in order to stay in office. The Articles of Confederation failed because, during this time many things happened in the U.S. and the government has significant flaws that were exposed. It has also been said that the articles were not strong enough. There were many weakness of the Articles such as; laws required a 9/13 majority to pass in congress, there was no national court system, there was no executive branch to enforce any acts passed by congress, congress did not have the power to regulate foreign and interstate commerce, each state only had one vote in congress regardless of its size, congress did not have the power to tax and any amendments to the articles required a unanimous vote. “The need for the Constitution grew out of problems with the Articles of Confederation, which established a firm league of friendship between the states, and bested most power in Congress of the Confederation” (White House, 2013). Before the Constitution was to become the law of the land it was first to be scrutinized and withstand public debate. On September 28, 1787, congress directed the state legislatures to call ratification conventions in each state, because Article VII stipulated that nine states had to ratify the Constitution for it to go into effect. The Constitutional Convention of 1787 was held with the goal of revising the Articles of Confederation in mind. The first order of business at the convention was electing George Washington as president of the convention and establishing the rules. After that a plan for new structure of government, known as the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan, had been presented.

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