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Transcript of Edmund Randolph
4th hour Why did Edmund Randolph refuse to sign the Constitution? 1. Edmund believed the the Constitution had insufficient checks and balances, and had become too democratic. 2. He believed that the Constitution would fail, and he didn't want to be associated with it. 3. He doubted the continuation of the slave trade, and the idea of a standing army. Who opposed the dissenters in support of the Constitution? Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson were the main leaders that convinced the other individuals who were on the anti-federalists side to come to the federalists side. Edmund Randolph did not sign the constitution, but he was one of the main people that convinced Virginia to ratify it. Randolph became the United States' first attorney general from 1789-1794. Then from 1794-1795 he succeeded into Thomas Jefferson's position as Secretary of State. He retired from office in 1795 because of rumors about a scandal. 4. The Constitution did not include the Bill of Rights. If the 3 dissenters did not protest that the Bill of Rights should be included in the Constitution, our rights today could be violated, and we could not do anything about it. We would not have any official documents that state that we have certain rights. Our government would be completely different today. Effect on Today's Government The End(: Resolution:
This issue was resolved with creating 3 different branches of government to balance out the power. Legislative, Executive, and Judicial. Resolution:
Originally the Declaration of Independence had said that slave trade was immoral, but some Southern delegates refused to sign it until that statement was removed. On the issue of slave trade, the proposal was made that slaves could be imported for 20 years after the Constitution was ratified, then bringing new slaves into the country would be against the law. Resolution:
The federalists did not believe that the Bill of Rights should be included in the United States Constitution, while the anti-federalists believed that they were necessary, to protect citizens' rights. This was the main reason that the 3 dissenters did not support the Constitution. Many states ratified the Constitution knowing that the Bill of Rights was soon to follow. The Bill of Rights was eventually added to the Constitution. Other interesting facts about Edmund Randolph (: Edmund Randolph was actually second cousins with Thomas Jefferson.