Class Notes

One positive aspect of the Founding Fathers was their unselfishness.  A good example of this is how the first Congress created provisions to allow for new states to enter the Union.  There is nothing in the Constitution that said they had to allow new states and if they did, they could have made them with lesser power, say only one senator.  Allowing new states only diluted the power that the original thirteen had, but they did it anyway.  One of the first acts of Congress was the creation of the Northwest and the Southwest Ordinances, which helped create new states all the way to the Mississippi River.  The main difference was slavery was allowed in the South but not the North. 

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