3/5 Compromise Alternative Assessment

3/5 Compromise Alternative Assessment
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  • Mr. North and Mr. South were arguing. 
  • You don’t understand! We need slaves for our economy to function. Our economy is based on agriculture. There is so much land to farm that if we hired people we’d be in debt.
  • Slavery is inhumane! Make your economy more like ours. We have a very diverse economy, with lots of manufactured goods and jobs that require special skills.
  • I didn’t expect you to get it. We sell most of our crops to Europeans, which is how we pay for our other goods.
  • You don’t need to get those other goods from Europe. We make all kinds of goods up here! We might as well just put taxes on all imported goods so you buy our goods.
  • Tariffs!? That’s unfair. You tax the things we buy? You already want to tax us on our slaves because you consider them “property.” If you’re going to do that, they should at least count as population towards our number of  representatives.
  • Why? You don’t let them vote for the representatives, so why should they count towards getting more?
  • We might as well break away from the union if you’re going to be this ridiculous!
  • Calm down. We need to stay united. I’m sure we can find a compromise.
  • This may sound crazy, but how about 3 out of 5 slaves count as population towards representation? Don’t worry, we’ll pay taxes on that same number of them. Oh, and slavery gets to continue.
  • Hmm. Fine. But the slave trade has to end in 20 years. Also, Congress gets the power to place tariffs on imported goods. 
  • Sounds good to me.
  • Same here. 
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