What Conflicting Opinions Did the Framers Have about the Completed Constitution?


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This lesson describes some conflicting points of view of leading
Framers about the Constitution. Most of the delegates argued for
the adoption of the Constitution, although many had reservations
about all or parts of it. The reservations of three were so serious
that they refused to sign the document. The position of one of
these Framers, George Mason, is explored in detail. You also will
examine Benjamin Franklin's statement in defense of the
Constitution. When you have completed this lesson, you should be
able to explain the positions of Franklin and Mason, and give
arguments in support of and in opposition to these positions.

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    Topics and Grades

    Grade: 9 to 12

    Topics: Civics, American Democracy

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