By this time, the Articles of Confederation is adopted by all of the colonies. It was a 'supervisor' of all the states' activities.
September 1786 - May 1787
Farmers were angry about the high taxes, the amount of debt they all owed and also the foreclosure. They became violent, were releasing prisoners. There was no way to stop the riot under the Articles of Confederation. It was significant because the people realized that they needed a new government.
Alexander Hamilton believes that the Articles of Confederation is weak and he suggests a meeting, scheduled for May 1787, to change and make additions to the Articles of Confederation.
The Bill of Rights (Suggested)
The Bill of Rights is suggested as a way to protect individuals from the government.
New Jersey Plan
This plan was suggested by William Patterson who wanted to alter the Articles of Confederation. To keep a unicameral legislature. The smaller states favored this plan because it gave them power.
The Great Compromise
This was a way of ending the dispute between the smaller and bigger states, when it came to deciding the new government and which plan they would chose. It was made up of 2 house House of Representatives based on population (bigger states) and the Senate ( 1 vote per state - for the smaller states )
This plan was suggested by James Madison, which included a whole new Bicameral government. A Senate and a House of Representation and an Electoral College. This plan was favored by bigger states because it gave them more power.