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Further, given that the Articles required unanimous state consent for constitutional amendments, how could the Philadelphia Convention justify its decision to require ratiﬁcation by only nine states? Readers may ﬁnd it useful to examine Federalist 40, in which Madison answered both charges. 4. One of the reasons the Philadelphia Convention speciﬁed that the states should call ratifying conventions was that the delegates feared the state legislatures, reluctant to give up any of their powers, would be unlikely to support the new Constitution.
Although doctrinalism allows the Constitution to adapt to current problems and to cope with new issues that the Framers could not have foreseen, textualists charge that it diverts attention from the Constitution itself to what others have said about it. Further, doctrinalism leaves a great deal of discretion to interpreters who typically have a range of previous interpretations from which to choose. CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT Interpreters who believe that the Constitution is evolving rather than static use a developmental approach or developmentalism to ascertain the meaning of constitutional provisions.
Wood and Akhil Reed Amar. From what you know of the context of the framing of the document, its ratiﬁcation, and its subsequent interpretations, which view seems to be the most persuasive? K EY T ERMS Liberalism Republicanism New Jersey Plan Great Compromise Ascriptivism Federalists Continental Congress Antifederalists Declaration of Independence The Federalist Articles of Confederation Virginia Plan S UGGESTIONS FOR F URTHER R EADING Amar, Akhil Reed. America’s Constitution: A Biography. New York: Random House, 2005.