The NJ Plan

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  • We need to discuss the Articles of Confederation. Many issues are associated with the document. The main issue was the government had no way of getting money under the Articles of Confederation.
  • I definitely agree. We need a new document that will have a solution to this problem and all the others. How about we start getting our thoughts together on the new document and its new government.
  • I was thinking that we could have two groups under Congress. The power would then be separated out among the Congress.
  • I agree. We could have a Senate and a House of Representatives. But how will we determine the amount of representatives that would be part of these two groups?
  • There was a plan called the New Jersey Plan written by William Paterson.
  • What other information do you know about the New Jersey Plan?
  • I heard of that plan. That plan was in favor of the smaller states like ours. It stated that each state should have the same number of representatives.
  • The smaller states also wanted to have equal power in the legislature, just like the larger states, right?
  • Yup, that was also part of the New Jersey Plan.
  • Well, the New Jersey Plan also said to the small state delegates, each state would continue to have one vote in congress despite the states population.
  • So, to sum everything up, the New Jersey Plan is a plan put together by William Paterson and stated that each state should have the same number of representatives. It also said to the small state delegates, each state would continue to have one vote in congress despite the states population.
  • And, another part of the New Jersey Plan was it stating the smaller states also having equal power in the legislature, just like the other states.
  • The New Jersey Plan is a fair and reasonable plan to all the states for this problem. If everyone agrees to this plan, we'll all benefit and all have equal power, no matter what the state's population is.
  • The thing is, the larger states disagree with this plan and have come up with a plan of their own.
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