Constitutional Convention Compromise

Constitutional Convention Compromise

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  • Virginia Plan
  •  We need to have a bicameral legislature. Representation is based off of state population!
  • New Jersey Plan
  • NO! We need a unicameral legislature and only two representatives per state!
  • Connecticut Plan / Compromise
  • Let us compromise and make one house based on population and the other house have two senators.
  • The Virginia Plan: This plan, proposed by James Madison, called for a bicameral legislature where the representation of both houses was based upon state population.
  • Three-Fifths Compromise
  • We count towards the population for representation and taxation.
  • We do not count towards the population.
  • The New Jersey Plan: This plan, proposed by William Paterson, called for a unicameral legislature where the representation was equal for all states.
  • The Electoral College
  • Based upon the vote of the people of my state, I vote for John Adams.
  • The Connecticut Plan: This plan called for a bicameral legislature where the representation of the lower house was based upon state population, and the representation of the upper house was equal for all states, giving each state two senators. All monetary bills originate in the lower house.
  • Give power to create more courts to the Legislative Branch
  • Should we create lower courts, or will the Supreme Court be enough?
  • This compromise allowed the southern states to count three fifths of their slave population for both the representation and taxation of the state. This allowed the southern states to have more representation and allowed the northern states to have less taxes because they had less people.
  • The electoral college was the compromise that was created to determine how the President will be elected. The electors cast a vote based on the way that the state population votes. The electoral college is the safeguard against someone who threatens the Constitution being elected.
  • The delegates agreed that there should be a Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branch. They created a Supreme Court, but they were unsure if lower courts were needed. They agreed to give congress the power to create lower courts. 
  • We should give the power to create lower courts to Congress.
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