The Constitutional Convention Compromises

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  • Larger States
  • There were two proposed plans for representation in the new government. The larger states wanted proportional government with a two house legislature.
  • Virginia
  • Pennslyvania
  • The Great Compromise
  • With the biggest populations, they knew that they would have control of Congress because they would have the most representatives. This was the Virginia Plan.
  • Smaller States
  • Delaware
  • New Jersey
  • Larger States
  • Virginia
  • Pennslyvania
  • The smaller states wanted equal representation with a one house legislature so they wouldn't be outvoted by the larger states. This was called the New Jersey Plan.
  • Smaller States
  • Delaware
  • New Jersey
  • The lower house of Congress would have proportional representation.
  • The House of Representatives
  • Eventually, a Great Compromise was formed. Congress would be bicameral.
  • The Senate
  • The upper house of Congress would have equal representation.
  • The 3/5ths Compromise
  • One decision the Constitutional Convention had to compromise on was whether slaves were to be counted as part of a state's population.
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  • Southern States
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia
  • The Southern slave states wanted to count their slaves for representation, but not for taxation purposes. The Northern states wanted the exact opposite. They favored counting the slaves for taxes, but not for representation.
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  • Delaware
  • Northern States
  • Massachusetts
  • Counted as Population
  • The solution was called the Three-Fifths Compromise. In this compromise, three out of five slaves would be counted as population for representation and taxation purposes.
  • Virginia
  • Not Counted as Population
  • Delaware
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