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CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION OF 1787 ­ THE
GREAT COMPROMISE
One chamber be elected so that that number of members for each
state was allocated according to the size of the population of that
state.
Suit the states with a large population.
The other chamber would have two delegates from each state to
represent the whole of the state, irrespective of its size.
Suite the smaller states.…read more

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CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION OF 1787 ­
MOTIVATIONS OF THE FF
Feared a return to tyranny (which was what the war of
independence was meant to have overcome).
President to be elected through an electoral college,
which is made up of electors who the public vote for.
Each state would have the same number of electors as
its total representation in Congress.…read more

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AMENDMENT PROCESS
There has to be a proposal from two thirds of Congress and that has to be
ratified by three quarters of the state legislatures, or two thirds of special
conventions in all the states set up to ratify the proposed amendment.
There have only every been 27 successful amendments to the constitution.…read more

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WHY IS THE CONSTITUTION RARELY
AMENDED?
FF created difficult amendment process.
Vagueness of the constitution has allowed the document to evolve without
need for constant amendment.
Judicial review = allows the SC to amend the meaning of the Constitution
without actually altering the words.
Politicians are cautious of tampering with it because of its reverence within
American society.
Unsure future regarding amendments ­ 18th amendment prohibiting alcohol
was repealed just 14 years later.…read more

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