3/5 Compromise / The Great Compromise

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  • Northern states
  • We do not want to count slaves as population because there are barely any for us to count!
  • I want slaves counted as population because we have a lot of slaves to count!
  • Southern states
  • Good idea! Nice compromise!
  • How about 3/5 of the slaves will be counted so taxation can be determined
  • The Northern states did not want slaves to be counted because then the southern states have a lot of slaves to count so then they would catch up to the amount of representatives that the Northern states have in congress.
  • I like the New Jersey Plan. So each state has the same amount of Representatives. So its fair for everyone!
  • The Southern states want slaves to be counted because they believe slaves are people too... which can be used to their advantage in congress.
  • I like the Virginia Plan. So each state would have a different amount of Representatives based on there population!
  • So the Northern and the Southern states decided to make a compromise and only count 3/5 of the slaves so they can have equal representatives in congress.
  • How about the Senate has equal amount of representatives and the House of Representative would get one representative for every other big amount of individuals in a state!
  • The smaller states favored the New Jersey Plan. The New Jersey Plan said that the number of representatives would be the same for each state.
  • Small states
  • The larger states favored the Virginia Plan. The Virginia Plan said that each state would have a different number of representative based on the states population.
  • Larger states
  • So the smaller and larger states thought of a two house legislature, with a House of Representatives and a Senate. The House of Representatives would only include representatives for a vast majority of individuals in the state for the larger states. The Senate would have an equal amount of representatives in each state for the smaller states.
  • Good idea! Nice compromise!
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