In other words, the creation of the U. Instead they chose the "electoral college. The delegates went into the convention concerned about the creation of a new congress and with many seeing the presidency as other than a critical branch of government.
She is an historian, working with documents that tell of realities. Most of the delegates were lawyers, which, writes Berkin, "may explain the verbosity on the convention floor.
Not all of the delegates wanted an executive branch of government. Relations between the states were poor, and many questioned whether they would remain united. Berkin writes that the delegates were "men who recognized the idea of compromise, who knew concessions had to be made for the greater good.
They did not discuss any need to end slavery or equality for women. And as the character sketches made by William Pierce would show, it also had its share of eccentric dressers and dandies, alcoholics and snuff addicts, mediocrities and boors.
Delegates from the larger states felt that this left their states under-represented, thus the creation of the House of Representatives -- a larger body with representatives for each state in proportion to the number of people in that state.
These two were to deliver the election results of their state, signed, certified and in a sealed envelope, to Congress, where the results were to be counted in front of congressmen and senators.
Jefferson, in France at the time, described the framers as "demigods. Berkin presents the framers of the constitution — the fifty-five delegates to the convention — as real people, as men of their time, as men of the hierarchical eighteenth century rather than men with twenty-first century sensibilities.
Experiences down the road — the doings of human beings — were to be incorporated into the constitution in the form of amendments. The delegates discussed whether the president should be chosen by the people or by congressmen. There were no romantic speeches or fiery oratory.
The electors were to meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for two persons to represent their state.
But fears arose that the Senate and the House of Representatives might have too much power. These are the men who produced what she calls the "brilliant solution. The question was could they do anything to save their country.
A number were self-sacrificing, honorable to a fault, above reproach in personal and public matters. The delegates had an aversion to absolutes — a great strength.
Realizing their lack of clairvoyance and their imperfection in creating something that would fit the indefinite future, the framers of the constitution were wise enough to include in the constitution a capacity for change. Carol Berkin Harcourt, Inc.
And if there were a tie, members of the House of Representatives would select which would be the president. It was proposed at the convention that the presidency consist of three men, and this was voted down. In her text she writes: This was an attempt to work a nuts and bolts compromise — something between the concerns of those adamant in their support for states rights and those more in favor of centralized power.
For the sake of a balance of power they decided to give the chief executive the power to veto legislation — as some Europeans had offered to their constitutional monarchs. It was proposed that the judiciary have a veto over legislation similar to the president, but this also was voted down, eliminating more redundancy.A Brilliant Solution: inventing the American Constitution Author: Carol Berkin.
Harcourt, Inc., The American Revolutionary war ended in There was economic depression. Berkin writes that the Continental Congress "faced a host of angry creditors, foreign and domestic, clamoring for repayment of wartime loans." These are the. Carol Berkin clearly states her thesis in the introduction of Revolutionary Mothers.
“Despite the absence of radical changes in gender ideology and gender roles for most women, the Revolution did lend legitimacy to new ideas about women’s capacities and their proper roles”.
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