Sage Jones Summer of 1787


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  • Summer in Philidelphia
  • It's so hot here, and it stinks all the time.
  • But we have to keep the windows closed to keep out mosquitoes and people
  • The Great Compromise
  • Both Representative counts should be determined by population!
  • No! Both should have one vote each!
  • The Great Compromise
  • How about we have one based on population, and one with equal representation.
  • They had to keep the windows shut for fear of passer-by listening in on them, making all of the meetings hot and stinky. They also had to deal with relentless mosquitos, for it was summer.
  • 3/5ths Compromise
  • Slaves should count towards the population count.
  • Smaller states wanted equal representation as to not leave them at a disadvantage, and the larger states wanted population-based representation as to gain an upper hand.
  • 3/5ths Compromise
  • The compromise was made, and it was decided that each state got 2 senate voters, and 1 House voter for every 30,000 population, with a guaranteed single voter for all that had less than 30,000 population.
  • Federalists/Anti-Federalists
  • Federalism: More power to central government
  • Southern states that ran on slavery wanted slaves to count towards population, as it would give them a major advantage. However, Northern states that don't use very much slavery hated the idea.
  • You can't count slaves as people if you treat them as property!
  • The compromise was come up with, and it was decided that each slave only counted for 3/5ths of a person.
  • That'll do.
  • Why don't we have Slaves count as 3/5ths of a person, to act as a compromise?
  • Fine idea.
  • Federalists believed that the Central government should have the power to enforce things over the states, while Antifederalists believed that the states should have more power to rule themselves.
  • Antifederalism: More power to the states
  • VS
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