Three Fifths Compromise


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  • Counting enslaved people as a part of the states population was another compromise that the delegates dealt with.
  • Northern States didn't want this because they believed slaves were property. However, Southern States wanted them to count towards the population so they could gain more delegates in the House of Representatives.
  • Even thought the Northern states didn't want to count enslaved people for representation, they wanted to count them for Taxation.
  • In order to please all of the states, the committee came up the the Three Fifths Compromise.
  • The Three Fifths Compromise stated that each enslaved person would be counted as three fifths of a free person. Every 5 enslaved people equals 3 free people.
  • The committee also decided that each enslaved person would be cound for Taxation and representation. The Three Fifths Compromise was approved on July 12.
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