Bundle Of Compromises Analysis

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It was on May 25, 1787, that fifty-five delegates’ from twelve states met in Philadelphia to revise the Articles of Confederation but they decided that it’s best to scrap and revise the Articles of Confederation to create a new, better Constitution. During this convention, a lot of topics and details had to be compromised to meet everyone’s need. Therefore, the Constitution has been described a "bundle of compromises" due to the fact that the delegates that met at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 had to compromise on numerous key points in order to create a new Constitution that would be accepted by everyone. When drafting the new constitution, the delegated decided to create a republican government and they decided on a government with …show more content…
The Virginia plan stated a bicameral, two house, legislature where the number of representatives each state had would depend of the state’s population. This meant that the larger, more populated state, the more power it would have and so this Virginia plan also became known as the “large state plan.” Contrary, the New Jersey plan called for a unicameral, one house, legislature in which all the states have the same number of representatives regardless of population and so therefore this became known as the “small state plan” and this favored the small, less populated states. The great compromise in the convention came when the delegates eventually settled on a Congress with two houses, a Senate and a House of Representatives. This, Great Compromise, was the most significant in shaping the direction of the new nation as it bought on a whole new Congress. This new Congress had a Senate in which each state would be represented by two senators, and the House of Representatives, in which the number of delegates would be appointed based on state population. This favored both the New Jersey Plan and the Virginia Plan. In this Great Compromise, there also came a three-fifths clause, where the delegates agreed that each slave would be counted as three-fifths of a person when determining the population of the state. In addition to the three-fifth clause, under the Slave Trade Compromise, it was decided that slave trade can continue for another twenty years, when the Congress will decide the issue again and each imported was decided to be tax ten

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