The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Small Progress, Big Disagreements

July 6, 1787 (click to read Madison’s notes) Summary The delegates retained as an option the provision that the House would be responsible for finance bills but referred the question of representation to a committee led by Gouverneur Morris. Influences on the Delegates Britain again was a touchstone for debate, this time regarding which legislative … Continue reading “The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Small Progress, Big Disagreements”

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – The Compromise Survived Through the July 4th Holiday

July 2, 1787 (click to read Madison’s notes) Summary The delegates were deadlocked on Oliver Ellsworth’s motion to give each state one vote in the Senate with proportional representation in the House. Before adjourning for the July 4th holiday, the delegates formed a committee to discuss the motion over the break. Influences on the Delegates … Continue reading “The 1787 Constitutional Convention – The Compromise Survived Through the July 4th Holiday”

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – The Connecticut Compromise Takes the Stage

June 29, 1787 (click to read Madison’s notes) Summary On this day in Convention, the delegates decided on proportional representation in the House of Representatives and postponed a vote on representation in the Senate. Connecticut delegate Oliver Ellsworth introduced the Connecticut Compromise for consideration. Influences on the Delegates The delegates picked up on June 29 as if … Continue reading “The 1787 Constitutional Convention – The Connecticut Compromise Takes the Stage”

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – The Senate Debated

June 25, 1787 (click the link to read Madison’s notes)   Summary Today, the delegates decided that state legislatures would elect Senators and that they minimum age to be a Senator would be 3o. Influences on the Delegates Charles Pinckney from South Carolina opened this day with a tribute to Great Britain but warned that the … Continue reading “The 1787 Constitutional Convention – The Senate Debated”

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Minimum Age of 25 Required to Serve in the House of Representatives

June 22, 1787 (click link for Madison’s notes) Summary Today in Convention was all about the legislature. The delegates affirmed 25 as the minimum age for a representative. On the negative, the delegates defeated a motion to allow the House to set pay for members and a motion to take their pay from the National Treasury. … Continue reading “The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Minimum Age of 25 Required to Serve in the House of Representatives”

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Time to Vote on the Virginia Plan

June 13, 1787 Summary After some debate on the Judiciary and Senate, the delegates agreed to vote on the Virginia plan the next day. As we will see, any hopes for a quick plan were dashed the next day. Influences Again, Britain and the experience of the states formed the influences on decisions made in … Continue reading “The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Time to Vote on the Virginia Plan”

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Should the Senate Resemble the House of Lords or Roman Tribunals?

June 7, 1787 Summary: The delegates focused on how to elect the Senate today. Eventually, they decided that state legislatures should do it. As has been the pattern thus far, delegates relied on Britain and the ancient republics as inspiration. Mr. DICKINSON had two reasons for his motion — first, because the sense of the … Continue reading “The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Should the Senate Resemble the House of Lords or Roman Tribunals?”

May 29 Constitutional Convention – The Randolph Plan and the Pinckney Plan

May 29, 1787 The Convention wasted little time considering substantial changes to the Articles of Confederation. After seating John Dickinson (DE) and Elbridge Gerry (MA) and passing some additional rules, plans of government were introduced for consideration by Edmund Randolph and Charles Pinckney. Randolph’s plan began with a set of goals: The character of such … Continue reading “May 29 Constitutional Convention – The Randolph Plan and the Pinckney Plan”

Eric Metaxas, You Know the Constitutional Convention Didn't Have Daily Prayers, Right?

In his new book, Eric Metaxas features the June 28, 1787 motion for daily prayer made by Benjamin Franklin at the Constitutional Convention. Earlier today, he tweeted out this message with a link to an excerpt of his book, If You Can Keep It.  Did they teach you this in school? Ben Franklin exhorted the … Continue reading “Eric Metaxas, You Know the Constitutional Convention Didn't Have Daily Prayers, Right?”

Press release: APA Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation Report

The APA released the report from the Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation today. This post is the APA press release, I also have an analysis of the report and another post coming with press reports. APA PRESS RELEASE August 5, 2009 Contact: Kim Mills (202) 336-6048 until Aug. 5 (416) 585-3800 … Continue reading “Press release: APA Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation Report”