Virginia Plan vs. New Jersey Plan by Ryan Santos

Virginia Plan vs. New Jersey Plan by Ryan Santos

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  • Good morning, we have gathered here today because the Articles of Confederation are weak! each state only gets one vote! Two delegates will now state their plans for a new style of government.
  • Hello, my name is William Paterson of New Jersey and I'm proposing a unicameral government with equal representation between states.
  • And my name is James Madison of Virginia. I'm proposing a bicameral government, with both houses having representation based on population.
  • I believe that equal representation is better!
  • Wait a minute! Let's combine the two plans and compromise!
  • No! States with more population should have more representation!
  • That's a terrific idea! But I believe that slaves should count as 3/5 of a person to keep representation fair.
  • I like this idea! Everybody can agree and still receive what they want!
  • A compromise is a truly brilliant idea! How about a two house system with one house that has equal representation, and another house that is based on population?
  • Okay, that will do.
  • If I may add something, South Carolina's economy relies on exports and the slave trade. I believe that the federal government shouldn't regulate exports or the slave trade. 
  • Hm, how about we compromise and have it so the federal government won't regulate exports or the slave trade for 20 years. Would that work?
  • One more thing, The Upcountry men of South Carolina want a written list of all their rights. Do you think we could arrange that?
  • Absolutly! We shall call the list the "Bill of Rights." If everything is sorted out, we are officially able to ratify our new constitution!
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