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Constitutional Convention Project

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  • ISSUE 1: State Representation The large, populous states wanted to have more voters, but the smaller states wanted just as much strength as the larger states.
  • I want to have the same power as Virginia!
  • I want to be strong because I have people!
  • ISSUE 2: Slavery The North didn't have a need for slaves to vote, but the South wanted a stronger voice, so they wanted their slaves to count for votes.
  • We want more voice, so you'd better count! But we'll vote for you.
  • ISSUE 3: Regulating Commerce There was no money regulation or defined worth on the differing currencies.
  • Are they equal?
  • Yay! Now my strenghth is based on population!
  • PLAN 1: The Great Compromise The compromise was to have a bicameral house of legislation that allows the large states to represent with as much power as the smaller states. Both houses need to agree to pass a law.
  • Yay! Now I'm as strong as Virginia!
  • PLAN 2: 3/5 Compromise The founders decided that the best compromise on slavery was to make several slaves count for one vote, so they decided that every 5 slaves count as 3 voters.
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  • Taxes on Exports
  • PLAN 3: Commerce Compromise The founders put taxes on imports to appease the North and didn't put taxes on exports to appease the South as well as created one defined currency to regulate commerce.
  • Taxes on Exports
  • Single united currency
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