Molly Bronner part 1

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  • It's so hot here.
  • And the bugs are so bad. The city is dirty too.
  • I think we should have two houses and the number of delegates a state gets depends on population.
  • I think we should have two houses and the number of delegates each state gets is equal.
  • How about this? We have two branches but this time one branch, the Senate, has an equal amount of delegates for each state. The House Of Representatives however will have delegates based on population of the states.
  • George Washington and James Madison were among some of the delegates at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 in Philadelphia. Philadelphia was very dirty at the time.
  • As someone from the South, the slaves should be counted.
  • As someone from the North, the slaves should not be counted.
  • James Madison presented the Virginia Plan to the delegates in May of 1787. This plan benefited the big states more than the small ones. William Paterson presented the New Jersey plan. The small states liked this plan more because it benefited them.
  • Slaves should be counted as only 3/5ths of a person.
  • After much debate Roger Sherman presented the Great Compromise. All of the states had an equal voice. Everyone liked this plan.
  • As an anti-federalist I worry about the rights of the people.
  • As a Federalist I want a strong central government.
  • Now the delegates had to worry about if the slaves were going to be counted in total population of the state. The Northern states wanted the slaves to not count because people in the North owned less slaves. People from the South wanted the slaves to count because they owned more slaves.
  • Once again, Roger Sherman had all the answers. He proposed that slaves should be counted as 3/5ths of a person twords the total population of the state.
  • Anti-Federalists like Patrick Henry worried that if the Constitution was ratified then the rights of the people would be ignored. Federalists like Alexander Hamilton wanted a stronger central government. Many compromises had to be made to satisfy both parties.
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