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  • The Articles of Confederation Fall
  • Representation
  • We want equal representation!
  • We want proportional representaton!
  • Virginia Plan
  • I know, why don't we have proportional representation for the whole US!
  • They enabled the states to keep their sovereignty, but demanded that these states come together when needed. Each colony had one vote and there was a unicameral system. In fear of a strong central government, the Articles of Confederation gave Congress no power. Congress could not tax people or states, regulate trade, or enforce laws. This system also had no executive branch and no national court system.
  • Representation was a key issue. Northern and southern states disagreed on how their they should be represented in the Unicameral house. Southern states wanted proportional representation, representation based on the amount of people in each state. However, northern states wanted equal representation because they did not want to be undermined.
  • The Virginia Plan was a solution proposed by James Madison to the problem of representation.It suggested the idea of proportional representation, which would allow southern states to have more influence in Congress. This is because Southern states had a larger population than northern ones than southern states due to a larger slave population. The plan called for a new government with three branches: an executive branch, legislative branch with a bicameral house, and a judicial branch. 
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