Monday’s trivia: The idea of a need to have the states convene to discuss the weaknesses of the “Articles of Confederation” was the direct result of Shays’ Rebellion and came about as a proposal from the Annapolis Convention inviting the states to meet in Philadelphia to discuss the Articles.
Tuesday'’s trivia: The Constitutional Convention convened in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the stated purpose of repairing the “Articles of Confederation”. Among the first acts of the convention was a motion to do away with the Articles of Confederation and discuss forming a new style of government that would establish a “republic”. In order to do this, the delegates present voted to keep their debates from the public and that any vote on the floor during debate could change at any time and would only become final at the conclusion of the convention.
Wednesday's trivia: Not long after the meeting convened, the Virginia delegation led by George Mason, Edmund Randolph, and James Madison introduced the Virginia Plan, one of two major theories of government debated during the convention which lasted from May 1787 until September 1787. The other major plan was the New Jersey Plan. These two plans became the center of the debate pitting the large states seeking more federal authority against the small states attempting to maintain power in the hands of the states.
Thursday's trivia: The Constitution is a series of compromises that have stablished our Federal Republic, one of only twenty or so in the work today. The Constitution is the structure of our government that outlines both the powers granted and prohibited the national government, the powers reserved for the states or the people, and the greater guarantor of freedoms for all citizens regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion or age.