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The 18th century was a turning point for the United States of America. The
Founding Fathers became the framers of a document called the Constitution, which was
mainly concerned about the needs of the people, hat needed an organized government.
The founding fathers came up with different types of provisions which they
thought would be helpful to the people. Some of these ways were the three-fifths
compromise, which was concerned about the slaves. Another provision was the Great
Compromise which was made up to satisfy both small and big states. Madisons Virginia
Plan was also another provision which proposed a bi-cameral, or two-house, legislature,
With the membership based on each states population.
One big issue was how the society was supposed to be represented. Madison came
Up with a plan, which was called Madisons Virginia Plan. He suggested that the voters
would elect the members of the lower house, which than would elect the members of the
upper house. Madisons Virginia Plan was good for the large population states but it gave
Less power to the states with less population.
Since Madisons Virginia Plan didnt work Roger Sherman suggested the Great
Compromise, which offered a two house congress to satisfy both small and big states.
Each state would have equal representation in the Senate, or the upper house. The size of
the population of each state would have equal representation in the senate, or the lower
house. The state legislature would choose the members of the upper house.
Slaves were known as property, so when the representation based on population
came up, it raised a question on whether or not they should be counted as people.
Southern delegates, whose states had many slaves argued with the Northern delegates,