Great Compromise/ 3/5

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  • We want proportional representation for the states!
  • BIG States
  • small states
  • No way! We want equal representation for the states!
  • The Great Compromise
  • We should have proportional representation because we have more people so they should get more votes.
  • No! Then big states would have all the power! Small states wouldn't have any say! Each state should get an equal number of votes.
  • Well, what if half of congress has proportional representation and half of congress has equal representation for each state?
  • I agree! We'll call this The Great Compromise!
  • Yeah! That's a great idea! We will call it a bicameral congress. There will be a house of representatives where each state is represented according to the population. Then we'll have the senate where each state has two senators!
  • South States
  • Slaves should be counted as population but we shouldn't be taxed.
  • You don't even let them vote! You don't treat them as citizens so why do you want to include them as your population?
  • No! You should absolutely be taxed!
  • North States
  • 3/5 Compromise
  • They should count as at least something!!!
  • You southern states have a lot of slaves and if we include slaves as our population, you would get more representation.
  • Only people who can vote should be represented. We don't have any slaves so if we include slaves as our population then we would not get as much representation.
  • That sounds reasonable. So, 3/5 of the slave population count towards representation. We will be taxed on 3/5 of the slave population but we'll also get 3/5 more representation.
  • How about a fraction of the slaves gets counted. Say, 3/5? But you have to be taxed on the 3/5.
  • I agree! We'll call this the 3/5 Compromise!
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