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One of the discussed issues during the revision of the constitution was the three-fifths compromise which involved the slave population.
But the northern states didn't want to count slaves as part of the population and only wanted them to count for determining taxation.
The southern states wanted slaves to count as part of the population but didn't want them to count for determining taxation.
In the end it was decided that 3/5ths of the slave population would be counted and 3/5ths would be counted for determining taxation.
Another issue called the Great Compromise was based around the sizes of states.
The Virginia plan was one that supported larger states. They wanted the Representation of Congress to be based off of state population and a two house legislature.
While the New Jersey plan supported the smaller states through favoring a one house legislature and wanted equal representation in Congress.
In the end, it was decided that the government would have a two house legislature and representation was split with equal representation in the the upper house of Congress and representation equal to the population in the lower house.
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