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Jenna Wang Journal B Roger Sherman Connecticut This afternoon, we had a very pleasant meeting.

We debated on various subjects, including, the three powers reserved for each individual state, the process for selecting the chief executive, limits of time in office after election, who is counted in the population in representation, and who-each individual state or the national government regulates the slave trade. Throughout the convention, the goals I strived to achieve were to ensure that the Congress and the national government had the most power, not to completely abolish slavery, and have a two-house government. I believe that participating, through speaking and voting in either favor or opposition and providing reasonable arguments, will help me attain my personal goals during the convention proceedings. I supported most of the proposed resolutions, but opposed a few as well. First, I agreed with the resolution for a two-house Congress, one with equal representation and another with population-based representation, after Mr. Martin proposed it and the amendment by Mr. St. Thomas Jenifer was made. This goes along with the Connecticut Compromise that I created and strongly believe in- a strong twohouse Congress, where one house has equal representation and the other has population-based representation. Second, I supported the resolution for election of representatives in Congress by state legislatures, proposed by Mr. Hamilton. Third, I accept the resolution that Congress should have the power to distribute and produce currency, to place trade regulations, and to organize a public defense through taxation, as proposed by Mr. Morris. Fourth, I concede with Mr. Gerry in his resolution that each individual state should have the power to provide public safety to their people, manage the states property, and control their public services. But, additionally, I believe that each individual state should also be able to protect their interests, for they are most familiar with each of their individual environments. Fifth, I have the same opinion as Mr. Gerry that there should be one chief executive officer with a council to advise him in his work. Sixth, I concur with Mr. Morris, as he proposed his resolution to have the people of the state appoint their elector, and then have their elector cast the

Jenna Wang Journal B Roger Sherman Connecticut official ballot for the chief executive in an electoral college. Seventh, I disagreed with Mr. Richardson Davie when he proposed that each elected chief executive officer should be able to be in office for a three-year term, but can run for re-election every six years. I opposed this resolution because six years is too long for a chief executive officer to wait for re-election and, over the course of six years; there would most likely be a drastic change in the country and its needs. The chief executive officer running for re-election might not be a suitable candidate for these new issues that have come up over the years. I believe that the chief executive officer should have four-year terms and can run for re-election right after his term has concluded, but that two terms is the maximum for each chief executive officer to serve in office. Seventh, I counter Mr. St. Thomas Jenifers proposal of counting slaves, women, and Indians during representation in Congress, when he proposed that the property holding white men, slaves, free blacks, non-property holding white men, women, and other minorities including Indians should all be counted to determine representation in Congress. I think that slaves should not have equal rights to be counted the same in representation as free blacks and white men-whether property-holding or not- for they are counted as property of the white men, so therefore should not be included. Women should not be counted in representation either because there is already the male head of the family to be part of the representation. Indians should not be able to be a part of the representation for they live by their own laws and do not always obey ours. Finally, I acknowledge that the national government should be the one to regulate trade, opposed to individual states for it creates a more unified nation and prevent conflict over each states trade. Over the course of the discussions of these resolutions, I have participated and supported my beliefs through speaking and voting in favor of those delegates resolutions that I believed in. Most of the resolutions I supported were passed, and there were few resolutions that I opposed, so I believe I achieved my goals, through my participation in the convention, to create a sturdy, unified nation.