America's Founding Documents
The Lesson Activities will help you develop these 21st century skills: Creativity and Innovation
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
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1. Three-Fifths Compromise
How do you feel about the Three-Fifths Compromise? Was it a wise decision by the framers of the constitution to keep the nation united, or was it an unacceptable compromise even at the cost of the nation breaking up over the issue of slavery (as happened later during the Civil War (1861–1865)? Write a two-to-three paragraph response supporting your stand.
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The three-fifths compromise fit in by allowing souther slave states to add three-fifths of their total enslaved population towards the population total to be used to determine representation in congress. This compromise was significant because it help benefit the south with more representation in voting. It counted 3/5 of all slaves which gave the south more votes because slaves were more abundant.
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