Chapter

“An Eel by the Tail”

Mark David Hall

in Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199929849
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980574 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199929849.003.0005
“An Eel by the Tail”

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This chapter considers in detail Sherman's contributions at the Federal Convention of 1787. Sherman was an effective advocate for a stronger national government possessing carefully enumerated powers. He fought for legislative superiority, and famously helped craft the Connecticut Compromise. The chapter also explores his defence of the proposed constitution and his participation in Connecticut's ratifying convention.

Keywords: Constitutional Convention; Constitution; Legislature; Congress; Judiciary; Executive; slavery; religious tests; ratification debates

Chapter.  12313 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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