History of the Constitutional Convention

History of the Constitutional Convention – Episode 10

By March 30, 2009 No Comments

Ned Ryun continues his series on the Constitutional Convention.

In this Episode:

  • Edmund Randolph introduces the Virginia Plan, an effort to increase the strength of the national government
  • At the center of the Virginia Plan was Proportional Representation, a concept widely supported by the delegates from the large states.
  • The small state delegates react negatively to any change.  They enjoyed Equal Representation under the Articles of Confederation.
  • Intense debate over representation divides the convention.
  • The large states dominate but push too far as the small states begin to push back.