The Constitutional Convention

The Constitutional Convention

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  • Allow us to travel, trade, and expand our lands!
  • Pay our soldiers!
  • The Constitutional Convention May 25, 1787
  • Farmers need to be paid too!
  • Virginia Plan Bicameral Legislature based on population and prefers large states
  • New Jersey Plan Unicameral Legislature based on equality and prefers smaller states
  • 3 Plans Introduced
  • Hamilton Plan Bicameral Legislative with senators serving for life, and more executive power.
  • We agree!
  • We have chosen the Virginia Plan where it is a bicameral legislative with one vote per state not based on population.
  • The Great Compromise July 16
  • We don't want slaves counted as people!
  • North
  • How about every 5 slaves will count as 3 people for taxation and representation purposes
  • We do and we want them counted for the State's population.
  • South
  • 3/5 clause  June 11
  • Escaped slaves are to be returned to the state of which their owner lives in. 
  • Fugitive Slave Act August 29
  • We're going to limit our involvement in the slave trade as it is inconsistent with the principles of the revolution.
  • Regulation of the international slave trade August 24
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