1. write three journal entries from the perspective of a delegate to the constitutional convention. date each entry. address each of these topics in one or more of your entries: • which ideas most influenced you in the development of the constitution? where did these ideas come from? • what were the greatest challenges in developing the constitution? how were these challenges resolved? • do you think the states should ratify the constitution? why or why not?
Delegate number 1:
May 27, 1787
I am very proud to know that I am participating in the Constitutional Convention. I feel grateful about the fact that my input is appreciated in this event, and that I am able to do my part for my country. I also feel lucky because the states seem likely to ratify the Constitution. This is great news because the Constitution will ensure that the rights of all people are equally valued and respected.
Delegate number 2:
June 10, 1787
I have been in the Constitutional Convention for a few days now, and I feel very inspired. Since reading the words of Locke, I have learned to appreciate the values of natural rights, democratic rule and the rule of law. I want to be able to include these ideas in the Constitution because I believe that, by doing so, I will be able to bring an important contribution to my country.
Delegate number 3:
June 28, 1787
Being at the Constitutional Convention has been difficult, but also extremely rewarding. An importance challenge that we will have to face is that of determining how to correctly divide the power of the state among all the different branches of government. We will also have to discuss the best ways in which the rights of the people can be protected. I think we will solve this through the implementation of a fair Constitution. I look forward to all these methods that we will implement.