Compromises

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  • Connecticut Compromise
  • We should have a unicameral legislature with equal representation per state!
  • Why not a combination of both???
  • No! We should have a bicameral legislature with both branches represented by population size!
  • Three-Fifths Compromise
  • Slaves should not count when calculating population!
  • They should!
  • Commerce Slave Trade Compromise
  • The federal government should be able to tax!
  • But don't take away our slaves!
  • At the Constitutional convention, the Connecticut Compromise created a bicameral legislature in which the House is determined by states' population size and the Senate would be equal across all states.
  • In order to solve the issues of how slaves should count in regards to representation in legislature as well as for tax purposes, they decided that slaves would count as 3/5's of a person. 
  • The federal government could not ban the slave trade until 1808, but they could still tax slaves coming into the United States.
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