Virginia Persuasive Essay

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We, the delegates of Virginia believe and agree that the number of members of Congress should be proportional to population. We believe this because it is most beneficial for the population to be proportional because a huge state like Virginia should not have the same number of representatives of congress as a smaller state like Delaware or Georgia. The reason why we have such a large population is because we have such a large slave population. Slaves are the people who work in our fields and this act boosts our economy, bringing more people to our state. If the representation was distributed equally among states, then smaller states like Delaware, would have the same number of representatives as a huge state like us. That would not allow a …show more content…
It is important to Virginia because all of our tobacco fields and cotton plantations are dependant on our slaves. Slaves are the backbone of our growing state. Without the slaves, the profit made from the fields and plantations would be less than half of what it is now. So, we should not consider abolishing slaves. However, slaves should not be treated as normal people. They should not get to do the same things that we do as rightful citizens of America. Virginia, a successful state full of people, needs slaves to prosper. The Headright System, created by the London Virginia Company, encouraged the colonists to import indentured servants to the colony for labor. In exchange for these imported slaves, the colonists received plots of land based on their contributions. If slavery is abolished, this plan would have been a waste of land and money. Also major civilizations such as Greece and Rome both had slaves. If we freed all the slaves there would be a wide spread of unemployed and homeless people who would cause a lot of chaos. This could lead to many different uprisings and anarchy. Also in the Bible it is stated that Abraham had slaves. Nowhere in the Bible is slavery addressed as bad. Slaves should not be considered to be part of the population. Our slaves do not get basic rights, so why should they be represented by congress in our society? Our population is already so large that the difference it would make would be very small.

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