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1 What opinions did the Framers have of the Constitution? September 17, 1787 We the People - Lesson Sixteen

2 Benjamin Franklin urges acceptance of the Constitution 4 Didnt agree with everything 4 Willing to accept Constitution because he believed national government was necessary 4 Didnt think any other group of men could create a better plan of government 4 Praised delegates for their cooperation and for putting aside differences 4 Congratulated delegates for producing what he believed might be the best plan of government ever designed 4 Warned of harmful effects that might result if people in U.S. and foreign nations heard about delegates objections to Constitution 4 Asked delegates to consider the fact that perhaps their objections werent as good as they thought... 4 Encouraged all the delegates to sign the Constitution to show their support

3 George Masons objections to the Constitution 4 Famous along with Patrick Henry for support of rights of people and states 4 Senators not elected by people - would they represent them? 4 Presidents power to make treaties (with Senate) - treaties = laws... –Allowed President and Senate to make laws without House of Representatives consent - people wont have a voice about treaties 4 Too much power was given to President and the Senate –Not directly elected by people - House of Representatives powerless –Senate - power of impeachment –President - power to grant pardons for acts of treason (protecting people...) 4 Judicial branch too powerful - could overrule and destroy state courts –Poor wouldnt be able to afford federal court –Rich would have advantage and oppress poor 4 Simple Majority Vote - Commercial and Trade laws –Favored eight northern states –Possible economic ruin for South 4 Necessary and Proper Clause –Gave Congress unlimited power Could increase power, eliminate state legislatures, create monopolies, oppress citizens 4 Constitution did not contain a Bill of Rights...

4 Debate 4 7 Groups (2-3 people in each) 4 Mrs. C. will assign each group one of George Masons 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 4 Describe Benjamin Franklins 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? 4 Rank in order from most important to least important the arguments of George Mason. Explain your reasons for selecting your choices.


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