The Anti-Federalist Papers; and, the Constitutional Convention Debates - Chapters 29-30 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 29: Opposition to the Constitution (September 7th, 10th and 15th)

Most support the Constitution by now and wish to go home. However, three delegates object to the basics and refuse to sign the document—Gerry of Massachusetts and Randolph and Mason of Virginia. They are worried that Congress and the Senate in particular have too much power. Mr. Gerry is worried that Senators' terms are too long and their terms have no restriction, that the House can conceal their journals, and that Congress has the power of the place of election. He wants to reject the three-fifths compromise, among other things.

Mr. Mason is worried that there is no declaration of rights that will prevent the abuse of the "necessary and proper clause" of the Constitution which gives the Congress all powers "necessary and proper" to implement their Constitutional duties. He worries...

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