Constitutional Convention

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  • Large States
  • The New Jersey Plan gave equal representation to all states, and included a one house legislature which was called unicameral. This plan was supported by smaller states.
  • This "plan" is absurd!
  • ...and we will have a unicameral legislature.
  • Small States
  • Large States
  • The Virginia Plan gave representation proportionally based on population, and included a two house legislature which is called bicameral. This plan was supported by larger states and states with large populations.
  • We will have proportional representation.... A bicameral legislature
  • This is outrageous!
  • Small States
  • Large States
  • One house; the senate will have equal representation for each state. While the other house; The House of Representatives will have representation that is proportional to the population of the state.
  • We will have a bicameral legislature!
  • The Great Compromise
  • "We agree"
  • Small States
  • Slave owning states from the South, thought that all slaves should be included when counting population for representation in congress. However, they didn't want slaves to be counted when counting population for taxes.
  • Southern States
  • Slaves are the economy in the South!
  • Slavery should be outlawed completely!
  • No! Let them be taxed for their slaves!
  • Northern States
  • Southern States
  • States from the North without slaves opposed counting slaves in the population for representation, but wanted slaves to be counted in the population when Southern states were taxed.
  • But they can't be counted when we're taxed!
  • We need the representation in the South! Slaves need to be counted!
  • Why should slaves be counted in your population when you don't even treat them as people?!
  • Northern States
  • Southern States
  • Three fifths of all of the slave population in each state will be accounted for when population is calculated for both representation and taxation purposes.
  • Okay. Fine...
  • 3/5 Compromise
  • Alright. We agree.
  • Northern States
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