Constitutional Convention Ratification Issues Mini-Project
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New Jersey Plan
Connecticut Plan/Great Compromise
The Virginia Plan was penned by James Madison and included a bicameral legislative branch based solely off of population. Therefore, this plan favored larger states.
Which Was Adopted?
The New Jersey Plan was penned by William Paterson and included a unicameral legislative branch based around each state receiving one vote. Therefore, this plan favored smaller states.
Example of Compromise
The Connecticut Plan includes a bicameral legislative branch. One house is based off of population while the other house gives each state one vote
Another Example of Compromise
The Connecticut Plan was the only plan adopted. It included ideas from the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan. It was also known as the Great Compromise. This compromise shaped the way our legislature works today, showing the importance of compromises.
The Three-Fifths Compromise was another example of compromise in the United States. It allowed states to count black people as 3/5ths of a person when counting population. This is an important compromise as it gave black people more of an impact than previously.
The Electoral College Compromise was yet another example of compromise in the United States. It made sure that the vote for the President went through an electoral college, where each state was represented by a certain number of electoral votes. This was an important compromise because it shaped how we elect the President today.
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