Presentation on theme: "We the People - Lesson Sixteen"— Presentation transcript:
1 We the People - Lesson Sixteen What opinions did the Framers have of the Constitution? September 17, 1787We the People - Lesson Sixteen
2 Benjamin Franklin urges acceptance of the Constitution Didn’t agree with everythingWilling to accept Constitution because he believed national government was necessaryDidn’t think any other group of men could create a better plan of governmentPraised delegates for their cooperation and for putting aside differencesCongratulated delegates for producing what he believed might be the best plan of government ever designedWarned of harmful effects that might result if people in U.S. and foreign nations heard about delegates’ objections to ConstitutionAsked delegates to consider the fact that perhaps their objections weren’t as good as they thought . . .Encouraged all the delegates to sign the Constitution to show their support
3 George Mason’s objections to the Constitution Famous along with Patrick Henry for support of rights of people and statesSenators not elected by people - would they represent them?President’s power to make treaties (with Senate) - treaties = laws . . .Allowed President and Senate to make laws without House of Representatives consent - people won’t have a voice about treatiesToo much power was given to President and the SenateNot directly elected by people - House of Representatives powerlessSenate - power of impeachmentPresident - power to grant pardons for acts of treason (protecting people . . .)Judicial branch too powerful - could overrule and destroy state courtsPoor wouldn’t be able to afford federal courtRich would have advantage and oppress poorSimple Majority Vote - Commercial and Trade lawsFavored eight northern statesPossible economic ruin for SouthNecessary and Proper ClauseGave Congress unlimited powerCould increase power, eliminate state legislatures, create monopolies, oppress citizensConstitution did not contain a Bill of Rights . . .
4 Debate 7 Groups (2-3 people in each) Mrs. C. will assign each group one of George Mason’s objections.Take and defend the position for or against the objection. It may be supported by identifying events in American history that illustrate the objection the objection the group is studying.Identify any constitutional checks and balances or other provisions that could be used to respond to criticisms.
5 Seatwork Center Questions Describe Benjamin Franklin’s attitude toward the Constitution. In your opinion, which of his reasons for signing the Constitution do you think might have been most persuasive to the other delegates?Rank in order from most important to least important the arguments of George Mason. Explain your reasons for selecting your choices.