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  • Franklin's committee also had to make a compromise over slavery. Southern delegates wanted to count enslaved people when determining how many representatives they could elect and the Northern delegates objected. Northern delegates also suggested that if slaves were counted for representation, they should be counted for taxation. The compromise states that every five enslaves people would count as three free people for determining both representation and tazes.
  • Three-Fifths Compromise
  • This compromise is fair for both the Northern and Southern states.
  • The constitution was based on the idea of popular sovereignty. It created a representative system of government so elected officials represented the people.
  • Popular Sovereignty
  • Rule by the People!
  • The executive branch is headed by the president. Their role is to enforce the laws passed by the Congress.
  • The judicial branch is a system of federal courts and their role is to interpret federal laws and render judgement in cases involving those laws.
  • The two houses of Congress make up the legislative branch. Their role is the make the laws.
  • 3 branches of government & Separation of powers
  • The president can propose legislation, and veto acts of Congress.
  • The delegates created a checks and balances system to prevent any one of the three branches from becoming too powerful.
  • The legislature can override a veto with a two-thirds vote in both houses. Congress can impeach the president if necessary.
  • Checks and Balances
  • Members of the judicial branch can hear all cases arising under federal law and the Constitution.
  • The delegates in Philadelphia knew that there would come a time when the Constitution might need to be changed. So they created a system for making amendments. They made the process difficult- two steps-proposal and ratification. An amendment could be proposed by a vote of two-thirds of the members of Congress. Then the proposed amendment had to be ratified by three-fourths of the state legislature.
  • Amending the Constitution
  • Federalists
  • We need the Constitution!
  • Federalists and Anti-Federalists
  • We cannot ratify the Constitution!
  • Anti-Federalists
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