The United States faced some basic problems during the later stage of 1780’s. These were regarding the role of the almost powerless Government it had at that time. Hence some visionary people felt it necessary to create a National Government .
While those visionary people were asked to propose a solution to this problem, several of them showed diverse ways. A Virginian Delegate James Madison opined that there should be a powerful Central Government consisting of three branches and two houses, i.e. Senate and House of Representatives. People will select the house members and the house members will select the Senate members. This plan is known as the Virginia plan.
The second plan, known as the New Jersey Plan was suggested by William Paterson of New Jersey. He proposed to form a Unicameral Government system.
The third opinion is known as 3/5’s Compromise, and it was recommended by a Pennsylvanian Delegate, James Wilson. According to him a slave may be equaled with 3/5th of a person.
The last proposal was put forward by Roger Sherman and Elbridge Gerry from Connecticut and Massachusetts respectively. This plan is known as Electoral College. They suggested that, from the State Legislature, electors would be chosen who will ultimately elect the President .
Finally, on 17th September 1787, the last draft was prepared and signed. The Constitution may comprise of many mistakes, but it is also true that a better manuscript could not be prepared .
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