Interview with Alexander Hamilton: The 3/5 Compromise. (part two of constitution series)


03 Jan

     Hello readers, in this mini-series I am interviewing Alexander Hamilton (who was present at the constitutional convention) about the compromises needed to ratify the constitution. Last time I talked about the Great Compromise. Now I'm going to share the information I received from Alexander Hamilton about the other Compromises needed to ratify the constitution. After Alexander Hamilton finished telling me about the great compromise, I then asked him about the 3/5 compromise, and the story of how it was passed at the Constitutional convention. According to Alexander Hamilton, here's the issue. The states in the south such as South Carolina and Virginia all have a large population of slaves. And the according to the great compromise, the states with the higher populations would have more representatives in the house of representatives. So, the delegates at the convention from the states in the south wanted to count each slave in the population of their states as an entire person. The convention delegates from the northern states disagreed with this idea, they did not think that each slave should be counted as an entire person. The arguments between the representatives from the northern and the southern states went on for some time, Until James Wilson and Roger Sherman from Pennsylvania and Connecticut proposed the 3/5 compromise. This compromise stated that every five slaves would count as three people in terms of representation, elections, and taxing. This compromise would be more fair than the Virginia Plan, and it was agreed upon by all of the states. The 3/5 compromise, like the great compromise, was passed in 1787.

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