American Government: Brief Version 10th (tenth) edition by James Q. Wilson

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Slavery continued unabated in the South, defended by some whites because they thought it was right, and by others because they found it useful. Even in the South, however, there were opponents, though rarely conspicuous ones. Washington, Madison, Jefferson, and George Mason (a prominent Virginia slave owner and a delegate to the convention) were among numerous Southerners who deplored slavery without knowing how it could safely be abolished. Copyright 2010 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved.

Editorial review has deemed that any suppressed content does not materially affect the overall learning experience. Cengage Learning reserves the right to remove additional content at any time if subsequent rights restrictions require it. 26 Chapter 2 The Constitution bill of rights, the Constitution would not be ratified. Though most small states, pleased by their equal representation in the Senate, quickly ratified, the battle in the large states was intense, and supporters of the new Constitution won only by narrow margins (often, as in Massachusetts, only after promising to add a bill of rights).

Some Key Facts • Only the first method of proposing an amendment has been used. the president’s term of office, and deciding who would select the members of the Supreme Court. Finally, on July 26, those proposals that were already accepted, together with a bundle of unresolved issues, were handed over to a “Committee of Detail”—five delegates, including James Madison and the chief draftsman of the final document, Gouverneur Morris. The committee hardly contented itself with mere “details,” however.

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