Story of the Constitutional Convention

Story of the Constitutional Convention

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  • Constitutional Convention May 25, 1787
  • We need the power to tax!
  • We need to pass laws!
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1787
  • Bicameral Population Based Prefers Large States Strong Central Government
  • Virginia Plan
  • Unicameral Equality Based Prefers Small States No Law Revisions
  • New Jersey Plan
  • Bicameral Less State Power Life Terms Strong Central Government
  • Hamilton Plan
  • The Great Compromise Bicameral Legislature Proportional Representation in the House of Representatives Equal Representation of the States in the Sentate
  • The Great Compromise July 16, 1787
  • 3/5th Clause June 11, 1787
  • We don't want slaves to count as people!
  • North
  • For every five slaves, three will count as a person for taxation and representation purposes.
  • We want slaves to count for the population!
  • South
  • Fugitive Slave Act August 29, 1787
  • Escaped slaves are to be returned to the owner in the state from which that person escaped.
  • Regulation of the International Slave Trade August 24, 1787
  • American involvement in the international slave trade will be limited.
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