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BritishoLong-term solution was to get the constitution changed in Mass.Make it into a soft money stateSoft money scared the elitesEspecially all 13 states switching to itoResorted to military coupe of state government
oGovernor asked for help from central government to put down rebellionCentral government responded by saying they couldn’t helpHad no armyOr money reallyo1,500 people following shay ogovernor and people like sam adams had put in their own money to build up their militiamob might succeed next timeoshay and others were jeopardizing law and infringing on property rightsoleaders look at farmers as unvirtuous only interested in saving themselves from ruinMoney needs to be held to something, cash is soft moneyoWe have had a ton of inflation since we stopped the gold standardAlexander HamiltonoHold convention to amend the articles to meet the “exigencies” (demands) of what our country needsGeorge Washington supported itConstitutional convention, at independence hall, Philly12 of 13 states, 55 delegates, only 39 sign constitution and the other 16 left early and didn’t want to signStart all over from scratch, threw out articles of confederationRhode Island did not send any reps, and didn’t want to support itEach state had its own delegationGeorge Washington was chosen as president of conventionThere mostly for credibility, and prestige since no one wanted to oppose himJames MadisonoVirginia delegation, along with George WashingtonoKeen student of politics and governmentoBrought 200 books on history and government to refer to themoRealized that central government had to be strengthenedThey also lean toward being tyrannical How to do that and avoid tyranny oHe was also a Product of enlightenment, if you push enough logic then you can figure it outoTyranny was already at state level, madison called it “majority tyranny”Referring to shays rebellionToo much democracy is a bad thing, it involves too many people, only some who can be trustedoProperly structured central governmentBetter make sure it has a proper structure lest we invite tyranny oWhen on a national stage, you have so many competing interests that they cancel each other outoHe had great faith in peoples capacity to discus ideas rationally He wanted everyone to be on equally footing
oLuckily there was no power for the central government to abuse, but if there had been they would’ve been screwedoProposed, on the third day of the convention, put forth the Virginia planThe central gov. would be divided into three branchesLegislature would be subdivided into two houses also based onpopulationPeople who served in lower house would be directly appointed by votersUpper house (senate) not determined by populationoWilliam Patterson objected, gives large states too much powerProposed revamped articles of confederation, new jersey planOne house legislature, equal voting no matter size of state

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