The Three Great Compromises that lead to the establishment of the U.S.

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The United States of America was founded on the basis of

compromise, but what does compromise really mean? According to

the Webster's New World Dictionary compromise means 'an adjustment

of opposing principles'. Political systems use compromises in

daily life. The Three Great Compromises that occurred early in

this nation's government were the Connecticut Compromise, the 3/5

Compromise, and finally the Commerce & Slave Trade Compromise.

Were it not for these compromises the United States could still be

governed under the Articles of Conferderation.

The Connecticut Compromise was the most important compromise

in the history of the U.S. government. The representatives from

each state were going to change the government totally, from

powerful state governments to a powerful central government, which

they vowed not to do when they declared independence from England.

Rhode Island was so disgusted with the idea of changing the

government that they did not even come to the meeting.


after all the debating and each state getting their say, they

'compromised' on a plan where they would have two governmental

houses, one being the House of Representatives and the second

being the Senate, with the Senate being the stronger of the two

houses. The House of Representatives was based on each state's

population, that is the more people in the state the more

representatives that state would get. The Senate said that

regardless of the state's population each state would get two

representatives all with equal say.

The 3/5 Compromise was mainly about slaves. The issue in

this compromise was should slaves be counted for determining

representation for each state? The North did not want them to be

counted because they were considered possessions, not citizens,

and that meant less representation for them. The South, on the

other hand, wanted them to be counted because...