If you think Republicans and Democrats are hopelessly divided today on, say, the budget or gun safety or immigration or even on the grounds for impeaching President Donald Trump, you’d be shocked by the chasms that separated delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
Some of them were intent on a central government with much broader and all-encompassing executive power. Others wanted more power delegated to the states. Small states and large states were at loggerheads over how much representation each should have in the federal government. And slavery was then — and would continue to be for decades to come — a source of profound disagreement.
It couldn’t have been pleasant. Given any range of options, few people would choose to spend their summer months sequestered in a sultry Philadelphia meeting hall. But the framers knew that the existing system of government in the United States, established by the Articles ofClick here to view the full story