In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke discuss the first two weeks of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, where the nationalists — led by James Madison and James Wilson — make remarkable headway in crafting a new government in late May and early June 1787. Their vision is one of a national union, centered around a bicameral legislature that, by and large, is only checked by the president and the courts. Importantly, they also call for a radical innovation — for the document to be ratified by state conventions chosen by the people. Yet even in these early days, there is a sticking point — namely, what to do about the Senate. A narrow majority favors apportioning Senate seats according to population, but the small states vehemently object, and by the middle of June they are ready with an alternative plan of government.

Recommended Readings:

Madison’s Notes on the Debates: 5/306/96/116/12, and 6/13.

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  1. Reagan

    What an incredible series! This is some of the best work done by Ricochet today. This is a college level education. Do you know how good you are? You bring this history alive. I hope that after you are done with the Constitution itself, you address each of the amendments. I can’t wait for your next post.

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