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  • It is the summer of 1787 in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania. That summer was very hot and humid, with lots of insects and rodents roaming around in the street. Since the people who lived here were not very sanitary, they dumped their waste in the street and did not take baths.
  • I propose the Virginia Plan. The amount of representatives depends on the population of each state, so the more people, the bigger the voice.
  • The delegates of the United States are meeting in Independence Hall. The leaders of this convention are George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and James Madison.
  • I Propose the New Jersey Plan. The amount of representatives is equal in all states, so no one states has too much power.
  • The delegates of all of the states (except for Massachusetts) are deciding about a new government to replace the Articles of the Confederation, in the event of Shay's rebellion.
  • I have heard both of these ideas, and come up with one of my own. What if we combine them together to create the Great Compromise? There will be two representatives of each state to create the Senate, and the House of Representatives will be based on population.
  • The delegates from the more populated states, like Pennsylvania or Virginia, proposed the Virginia plan.
  • The delegates from the lesser populated states, like Delaware or Rhode Island, proposed the New Jersey plan.
  • Superior court judge Roger Sherman proposed a plan similar to one he had spoken about at the 1776 convention.
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