A Constitution of Compromise



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Connecticut Compromise or the Great Compromise

When the Virginia Plan was voted on people from smaller states were angry and insisted that each state had an equal vote in Congress. Larger states threatened to walk out. The convention made a committee to negotiate a compromise made up with people that haven’t decided or can change their minds. The committee said that in the House of Representatives the states would be represented according to the size of their populations. In the Senate, each state would have equal representation. The people each state would vote on a House of Representative and the state legislatures would choose the senators.



Three-Fifths Compromise

The state could elect one member to the House of Representatives for every 40,000 people in the state. Southern delegates wanted to count enslaved people. Northern delegates pointed out the enslaved people could not vote. Northerners also said that if they can vote they should also be counted purposes of taxation. The solution was the Three-Fifths Compromise where every five enslaved people would count as three free people for both determining representation and taxes.



We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

The Constitution wouldn’t be ratified without a compromise. We need some compromises to pass laws. Sometimes compromise makes our government slow but not weak. We need good compromise not bad compromise; an example of bad compromise is slavery that led us to the Civil war.





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