Constitutional Convention

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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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