Constitutional Congress

Constitutional Congress

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  • In Maryland, and other states with a large slave population, people wanted slaves to count as population so they could be represented as a bigger state.
  • We should definitely count them as people so we can get more votes.
  • Smaller states with low slave population, like New Hampshire, did not want slaves to count as people so that they wouldn't be completely overruled by states with large slave populations.
  • No they can't count!
  • The Three-Fifths Compromise!
  • They came up with the three-fifths compromise, where only three-fifths of the slaves counted toward the states population.
  • Bigger states, like Virginia, wanted votes to be counted proportionally. This way they would have more power than many other states.
  • New Hampshire and other small states wanted equality during voting. They did not want population to effect the impact of their beliefs and did not want to get completely overpowered by the bigger states.
  • *crickets*
  • The Great Compromise, or the Connecticut Compromise, found the balance between equal and proportional voting. This is when the House of Representatives and the Senate were made. Each states had to senators and the amount of Representative each state had the based on population.
  • THE GREAT COMPROMISE! ... or the Connecticut Compromise.
  • Thank you Roger Sherman for your contribution to the country.
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