Constitution Ratification

Constitution Ratification
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  • Virginia Plan
  • Bigger states have large populations so we should get more representation!
  • Connecticut Plan
  • More people, more representatives!
  • Equal representation
  • New Jersey Plan
  • States should have equal representation in the legislature!
  • Our slaves should count as humans just this time!!!
  • The Virginia Plan proposed a bicameral legislature in which one house had representation based on population and the other house was elected by the first.
  • Three-Fifths Compromise
  • The Connecticut Plan proposed a bicameral legislature in which one house had representation based on population and the other has equal representation. This plan was adopted as a compromise. 
  • Slave Trade Compromise
  • Philadelphia
  • Slavery is inhumane. We need to stop bringing more slaves. 
  • The New Jersey plan proposed a unicameral legislature in which each state has equal representation. 
  • Commerce Compromise
  • I can't export any of my goods with these darn export tariffs. 
  • The three-fifths compromise allowed for three out of every five slaves to be counted as people for representaiton in the House of Representatives. This boosted Southern states with high slave populations. 
  • At least let us count half or so!?
  • We'll give you three out
  • Northern states wanted to stop importation of slaves, but southern states were in direct opposition. The compromise stated that the importation of slavery could be banned by Congress in 1808.
  • Deal!
  • Give us a few more years to stock up before you take it away.
  • The Commerce Compromises dictates that tariffs could be levied on imported goods, but not exported goods. This appeased the south who did not want export tariffs, and the North who wanted import tariffs. 
  • We need tariffs on imports so my industry can grow!!
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