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Constitutional Convention

1787, each state was asked to send delegates to a convention in Philadelphia to fix the flaws and strengthen the national government

Great Compromise

made by Connecticut; two houses (Senate and House of Representatives), equal representation based on state population; a compromise of the Virginia and New Jersey Plan

Three-Fifths Compromise

compromise that every five enslaved persons would count as three free persons in state population for voting

Electoral College

a group of people named by each state legislature to select the president and vice president


supporters of the Constitution


a form of government in which power is divided between the federal, or national, government and the states


opposed the Constitution

Benjamin Franklin

from Pennsylvania, 81, was the oldest delegate; famous diplomat, writer, inventor, and scientist;


the Constitution took effect

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